Amal­ga­ma­tion info

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION - MIKE GRIGG, Wainuiomata (Abridged)

Ed­i­tor,

Is the mayor of Porirua giv­ing peo­ple the right in­for­ma­tion about amal­ga­ma­tion?

Mayor Leggett crit­i­cised [Hutt] coun­cil­lor Ken Laban af­ter he was used as an ex­am­ple along­side mayor Guppy from Up­per Hutt City Coun­cil when talk­ing about high pro­file peo­ple hi­jack­ing the me­dia.

Nick Leggett told peo­ple the Ken Laban was liv­ing in the past.

Criticism has been di­rected by my­self at Geoffrey Palmer be­ing the chair­per­son [of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­view Panel] for two rea­sons:

1) Be­cause he was deputy and prime min­is­ter of the 1989 amal­ga­ma­tion which saw ser­vice re­duced to Wainuiomata

2) He also wants New Zealand made a ho­mo­ge­neous uni­tary state and did not sup­port New Zealand be­ing a uni­cam­er­al­ist state, eg two cham­bers in par­lia­ment or fed­eral state.

So when mak­ing op­tions can he be neu­tral as the lo­cal gov­ern­ment al­lows a lo­cal author­ity to form a uni­tary author­ity?

Nick Leggett never told peo­ple in his at­tack on Ken Laban that the Porirua City Coun­cil and the Greater Welling­ton Re­gional need the community to show the Min­is­ter of

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment to make a re­or­gan­i­sa­tion plan.

He never told peo­ple ei­ther that in 1989 the holis­tic ap­proach to fund­ing and leg­is­la­tion on fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity led to cuts in ser­vice.

Also how much of your rates will go to pay­ing debt? The 1989 amal­ga­ma­tion of the Hutt saw ratepay­ers pay the debt of Lower Hutt.

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