Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Rate hikes election botch-up focus of Nats policy

Rate hikes & election botch-up focus of Nats policy

Big changes are needed in local government to prevent further high rate increases and avoid another botched local body election, says National’s Local Government spokesman, Nick Smith.

Dr Smith today released National’s local government policy proposal.

Rates have increased by 28.8% since Labour came to office and by 10.4% in the last year.

Dr Smith says such increases put huge financial pressure on family budgets.

“These increases can be largely attributed to the raft of costly laws imposed on councils in areas like rating, gaming, prostitution, resource management and building,” he says.

“These new laws must be substantially rewritten if we are to keep rates at a reasonable and manageable level.”

National’s policy document includes the redefinition of the role of councils to focus on infrastructure and efficient services, reducing compliance costs from planning law, removing Treaty of Waitangi requirements, improving financial reporting, and requiring rates to be determined on the basis of who gets the benefit of the services.

“We must also completely rewrite Labour’s Local Electoral Act that caused the debacle of month-long delays in some results, a record low turnout and 100,000 invalid votes,” says Dr Smith.

“National will conduct local body elections under a consistent voting system and give consideration to the Electoral Commission managing the poll, rather than it being administered by 86 separate councils.

“Labour’s record on local government is one of expensive mismanagement. National will offer electors commonsense reforms that will ensure ratepayers get better value for money from councils,” says Dr Smith.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Australia’s Election

Australia’s new PM Anthony Albanese faces an obvious dilemma, barely before he gets his feet under the desk. Australia is the world’s leading exporter of coal. Will the new Labor government prioritise the jobs for Queensland/NSW workers in its mining-dependent communities - or will Labor start to get serious about climate change, and risk the inevitable political backlash from making a major shift into renewables..?


Government: New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now
With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Australian Election: Prime Minister Congratulates Anthony Albanese
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election, and has acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison... More>>

Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>

Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>

Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>

National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>




InfoPages News Channels