COMMISSION HAS A SAY
The Local Government Commission is an independent statutory body. It comprises a chair and two or three commissioners, who make decisions based on criteria set out in the Local Government Act 2002. Our activities are prescribed and strictly governed by that legislation. The commissioners are therefore independent of the government, councils, and those who apply to the commission for changes to local government arrangements.
The recent consultant’s report was commissioned, using a contestable process, to give insight into the financial and technical aspects of options for local government in the Rodney and Waiheke areas. The report itself is just one of the inputs into the commission’s decisionmaking process.
When the Commission makes its decision on a preferred option, it will decide to either maintain the status quo or to propose some form of change to local government structures. If the Commission proposes any change, then there will be a further full round of public consultation and hearings.
Dr Suzanne Doig, CEO Local Government Commission. decades has provided legal support for environmental and ecological protection efforts on Waiheke. However, Helen was conventionally dismissive of many islanders’ wishes to be free of Auckland Council’s spendthrift bureaucracy: something Ron is passionate to achieve.
The fact that Ron and others have put so much time into preventing the removal of the Rural Urban Boundary is directly attributable to Auckland Council’s gridlocked mindset and inequality agendas.
Helen mentions coming to Waiheke regularly as a teenager, so presumably she had a good time here, as most did, cheaply. And those were the days of Independent Waiheke.
In 1989, I was walking around, like others here, with no community debt on my shoulders. Now, somehow, I have accumulated a share of a $7 billion dollar Auckland Council debt. Never mind calling a free Waiheke radical. It’s time for the great escape.
Ross Gillespie, The Bay of Rocks.
‘‘There is nothing for youth to do in winter and this [an indoor pool] would hopefully keep them occupied.’’ Shelley Stockman