Parliament

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

 

Ratepayers set for another clobbering

Jo Goodhew MP
National Party Associate Health (Rural) Spokeswoman

25 October 2006

Ratepayers set for another clobbering with water bill

"Rural areas will have to pay millions to comply with Labour’s heavy-handed proposed Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Bill,” says National Party Associate Health (Rural) spokeswoman Jo Goodhew.

Today's Health Select Committee heard submissions on the bill from Federated Farmers and Local Government New Zealand, as well as water suppliers to greater Wellington and Auckland.

Submitters variously described parts of the bill as naive, unrealistic and unreasonable.

“Local Government New Zealand reported that the Timaru District Council were looking at a possible cost of between $9 million and $30 million, as an example. That’s another wallop for cash-strapped ratepayers already carrying an increased rates burden.”

Mrs Goodhew says there are very real concerns about funding shortfalls in Labour’s planned subsidy scheme, especially in rural and low-income areas.

“Not only are there reports that the proposed $150 million subsidy would probably need to be doubled, but concerns have been expressed at the narrow eligibility criteria and the need for rural and poor communities to put up significant money themselves.”

National believes the bill is fundamentally flawed.

“Why should all ratepayers be forced to carry the cost so farm animals have access to the same standard of drinking water as homeowners?”

Submitters felt that various phrases in the bill are contradictory and carry significant risks of cost to both Local Government and community water schemes.

“This bill is an absolute mess. Labour needs to go back to the drawing board. The last thing ratepayers need is another slapping at the hands of this rudderless Government.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, there are three possible vaccine contenders but the effectiveness of the vaccine will be only one of the factors determining which vaccine will pre-dominate. On the basis of the cost per dose, and the ease of manufacture, storage and distribution, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine will almost certainly be the prime choice for New Zealand, at least initially... More>>

 

New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels