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Kaipara Farce Continues as Govt ‘Mate’ Appointed

Rt Hon Winston Peters

New Zealand First Leader

Member of Parliament for Northland
7 JULY 2016

Kaipara Farce Continues as Govt ‘Mate’ Appointed

The appointment of a government “mate” and former commissioner as Crown Manager of the Kaipara District Council is unbelievable, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“The whole episode since the sewerage scheme blew out leaving the council in $80 million debt has been a farce under National.

“The fact Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston is appointing a Crown Manager does not bode well for the long suffering ratepayers.

“Nor does the naming of Peter Winder – one of three commissioners who failed to take action against the project manager and hardly made a dent in the debt.

“This is an undemocratic move – the Crown Manager will be in control and the council will be told to shut up.

“The Minister’s words previously that the Kaipara community has an opportunity to determine its future at the local body elections ring hollow,” says Mr Peters.


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