Is this yet another reason why Far North District Council’s roads go neglected?
I received an email dated October 4, 2017, in response to a question relating to maintenance of a particular portion of road council obtained via Gazette Notice in 1996 /1997.
The response from council’s legal services manager is very revealing, I quote: ‘However, as a matter of legal interest, I note that the New Zealand local authorities are under no legal obligation to maintain council -owned formed roads in the case of a paper road, which exists on paper but which has not been constructed, there is no legal obligation to construct formed roads. And in the case of roads that have been constructed, councils are not legally required to maintain those roads to a particular standard.
‘In some cases in rural areas formed roads were not constructed by the councils but by private land owners. Council can even decide to discontinue maintenance of formed roads. This is legally known as nonfeasance.
Safety obligations remain, however, and warning signs may have to be erected. ‘For example, I recall some years ago a South Island council announced that is was going to discontinue maintenance on one of its rural roads because it could not afford the ongoing costs.
‘Anyway, the point I am making in an effort to make useful clarification, is that unless there are other factors of which I’m not aware, the council is under no legal obligation to maintain the portion of council-owned legal road, i.e the formed roadway to which you appear to refer.’
This statement does raise a number of questions regarding the failure of
maintenance on council roads / rural roads.
(1) Council collects a rate in relation to roading in the Far North, which appears goes into one big bucket. Is this correct? (2) What is the total amount collected from this road rate for the last five years? Please provide factual information .
(3) How much of this roading rate was spent in Kerikeri for each of the past five years?
(4) Is the statement made by this staff member correct?
(5) If this statement is correct, is this the reason for non-maintenance in the Real Far North, Hokianga, Kaikohe, Te Hapua , Te Koe and Horeke, Peria? Please supply a factual breakdown of all roading maintenance for the above-mentioned areas for each year of the last five years. (6) How many roads constructed by private land owners are being rated? Please supply the actual true facts and not the usual spin and denial, after all it’s our ratepayer funds that are being used, or abused, in my opinion.
Dunedin is getting a hospital upgrade, Ranfurly’s Maniatoto Base hospital got a redevelopment, and now Northland is at the beginning of its journey.
I attended the public open day for the proposed Whangarei Hospital rezoning.To my surprise, I found out it is currently zoned residential. The Northland District Health Board is working to change the zoning to a special purpose hospital zone. If, or when, this is permitted, it will be the start of a whole new development as sadly our 60-year-old concrete landmark is well past its use-bydate.
As most of you are aware, our DHB has been under extreme financial pressure for a variety of reasons. Firstly, we have the oldest population in the country, and secondly, we have the highest number of vacant houses in New Zealand.
There are several reasons behind this, but two major contributing factors are the popularity of our east coast beaches, and, when it comes to census night, normally conducted in the chilly months, most people have returned to their Auckland homes. Then when summer returns, our population skyrockets, and so does the demand, but the population boom remains unaccounted for when it comes to the dishing out of funds for items such as health.
The DHB has three main plans going forward, with a green field approach being the popular option, which is basically starting again on a new part of the grounds. Funding of this project is the huge challenge, but with a record number of MPs living in this catch area, the timing is right.
In addition, Whangarei has just seen one of New Zealand’s highest increases in house prices, which supports the expected high population growth over the next decade in Northland.
I would encourage you all to take an interest and give feedback on the proposed plan change. This can be done online by visiting the Northland DHB’s
website. Look for the item called Whangarei Hospital Plan (Zone) Change Application.
The more the public takes part in the consultation the better-informed policy makers are, the more likely we are to end up with a health service that caters for all of the community, but you must take part to make sure your voice is heard. You can’t rely on someone interpreting your silence as a call for action on certain matters.
Northland Federated Farmers is in support of the plan change, and looks forward with interest to seeing this ambitious but overdue project take shape over the next 15 years.
President Federated Farmers Northland Ms Ardern has floated many red herrings to disguise her inability to govern or even control Cabinet, or to grasp simple economic concepts and produce a viable fiscal budget.
We have new taxes on petrol etc, wage deals with nurses and police, plus imminent deals with midwives and striking antagonistic militant teachers, who despite EPA recommendations won’t accept any deal. Committees have been set up on all topics by the score to cover up the cracks, yet nothing will come of these.
Inane ‘commissions’ on historic abuse ($80 millon) mental health, capital gains taxes, enquiries into oil companies, banks, supermarkets and electricity industry, plus Little’s justice forum for offenders (excluding victims), budgeted at $750,000 yet costing $1.5 million.
Kiwibuild is a shambles, with rules changed willy nilly, encouraging rorting, and it doesn’t even address perceived/ imaginary housing shortages at all.
Oh, and don’t overlook the PGFund forestry fiasco.
The Sroubek debacle won’t go away; this offender needs deporting and LeesGalloway needs to resign. On the bright side, the Czechs look to be seeking extradition, and hopefully will do the job for us.
Then of course we have Ms Ardern’s pet hobby horses, child poverty, mental illness, and even the Ratana Church, a $3 million-plus handout with overtones of religion race and politics, the Aussie ongoing asylum seekers saga, and the Pike River re-entry absurdity, costing $35 million-plus. Two ministers have already bitten the dust, and another couple look sure to follow.
All this nonsense is just the tip of the iceberg, and fits perfectly into the socialist/leftist philosophy of envy, failure, arrogance, ignorance, and the equal sharing of miseries by everyone — accompanied by the inevitable credo of no openness, transparency, honesty or accountability ticking all the wrong boxes in just one year.
Stop Press: United Nations Global Compact on Immigration projects 59,000,000 immigrants (most illegal) worldwide by 2025. This UN migrant pact is a death sentence on all Western nations, so reject it now. Signature date is December 10, 2018, and Ardern’s coalition government must not sign because migration cannot be dictated by an international body, particularly not the dysfunctional discredited and delusional United Nations.
See Janet Atkinson UK on You tube and NZCPR.com for details.
Politicians will learn to their cost they can’t get inside or fix people’s heads, or address or compensate for perceived historic grievances of any sort, or control the world. ROB PATERSON Mount Maunganui