Parliament

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

 

Government blueprint billed to ratepayers

Lianne
DALZIEL
Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson

2 August 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT
Government blueprint billed to ratepayers

It is wrong for the Government to hand the bill for its central city blueprint to the Christchurch City Council, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery spokesperson Lianne Dalziel.

“Keeping the Council in the dark about the plan and then expecting it to pick up the tab is just not on,” Lianne Dalziel said.

“Gerry Brownlee didn’t share the details with the Council until the Thursday before the announcement. It was only then the Council learned it could be liable to contribute an additional billion dollars over its budget for the rebuild of the city’s assets.

“While the strength of the reaction from council members saw the figure reduced overnight, it still leaves questions around whether that was done just to get the Council on board.

“I understand Treasury is appalled that Mr Brownlee didn’t allow time in his 100-days for the announcement to be fully costed, which is presumably why pressure is now being applied to the council to come up with the shortfall.

“Asset sales are clearly on the Government’s agenda. Unfortunately the pressure is going on the Council to follow suit.”

“When challenged in the House today the Associate Minister, Amy Adams, said the Council had been fully engaged in the process of developing the plan.

“That isn’t the case. Our elected representatives have been kept completely in the dark, as all council staff seconded to CERA had been forced to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing them from informing councillors what was being planned.

“This is not about criticising what is a visionary plan for the city. But we cannot allow the democratic role of the Christchurch City Council to be usurped in this fashion.

“It is time for a fully engaged partnership between central and local government. That way, Christchurch residents can be assured of a democratic voice in the recovery of the central city which is critical for the future,” said Lianne Dalziel.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Geo-political Posturing Over China’s Cyber Hacks, Plus The Weekly Playlist

The timing was one of the weirder aspects of this week’s cyber condemnation of China by the West. Why was this piece of political theatre being staged now? China (and Russia’s) sponsoring and/or condoning of semi-state and criminal hacker groups has been known about for nigh on a decade. More particularly, Microsoft had been alerted to the flaws in its Microsoft Exchange... More>>




 
 


Government: Quarantine Free Travel With Australia Suspended

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today... More>>

ALSO:


Government: New Zealand Condemns Malicious Cyber Activity By Chinese State-sponsored Actors

New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious activity... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Commits $600,000 To Flood Recovery

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort... More>>

ALSO:



NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>



Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels