Traditionally, residents and ratepayers could challenge council decisions. Through Section 19ZB of the Local Electoral Act 2001, they could mount a petition. If 5 percent of voters signed that petition, they could demand a referendum, and the voters could decide the outcome.
This is a check and balance measure to ensure councillors are representing their constituency honourably and accurately. The mayor of Dunedin wrote an open letter to Ardern’s coalition government calling for the removal of petition rights of citizens where their councils unilaterally decided to establish Maori wards. This is the beginning of the breakdown of democratic representation on the local level. Our mayors, Ms. Reece and Mr. Kempthorne, signed their agreement to this proposal. I guess they don’t want lowly citizens interfering with righteous decisions, no matter how bad they are. and gas exploration send to international investors? Are people going to be happy with the higher energy costs this will result in? The alternative sources will be much more costly. Don’t be fooled by the PR. This will hit Kiwi families hard. Kiwis like the relatively high living standards they enjoy. The Left conveniently forgets what kind of investment maintains those living standards. There will be two things that can be done to temporarily maintain such standards without foreign investment. Raise taxes and sell assets.