Coun­cil de­ci­sions

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

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.

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