Su­per-city a Na­tional plan

Kapi-Mana News - - LETTERS -

Hav­ing cam­paigned against the su­per-city, I am de­lighted public opin­ion has thwarted it and that Porirua City Coun­cil will live on. It is a vic­tory for lo­cal democ­racy.

The su­per-city would have meant the abo­li­tion of the dis­trict level tier of lo­cal gov­ern­ment, a huge re­duc­tion in the num­ber and di­ver­sity of lo­cal coun­cil­lors, and huge wards in which the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of com­mu­ni­ties would be lost.

The in­flu­ence of or­di­nary peo­ple over lo­cal gov­ern­ment would have been less­ened. The Gov­ern­ment pre­tended dis­in­ter­est in the Welling­ton de­bate, be­cause it knew that overt sup­port by the Na­tional Party would have been the kiss of death to the su­per-city pro­ject in this re­gion.

How­ever, the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment was be­hind the su­per-city pro­ject.

It changed the law to make a vote against amal­ga­ma­tions more dif­fi­cult to suc­ceed. It ap­pointed a clearly bi­ased Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion to front the amal­ga­ma­tion cru­sade. John Key slyly tried to jog along the su­percity pro­posal with his ‘‘Welling­ton is dy­ing’’ com­ment.

The won­der is that Labour fig­ures like Ken Dou­glas and Nick

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