Miss­ing some­thing

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Have I missed some al­ter­ation to the law that means it is no longer nec­es­sary to come to a com­plete halt at a com­pul­sory stop sign, whether or not there is ap­proach­ing traf­fic? I’ve been tooted from be­hind a cou­ple of times when com­ply­ing in Kaitaia, and re­cently one af­ter­noon spot­ted two north­bound school buses blithely sail past the stop sign at Grigg’s Cor­ner. BRIAN FAR­RANT

Ahipara Sec­onded: Cr John Vu­j­cich, That the coun­cil un­der­take a rat­ing re­view in time for the an­nual plan 2019/20. For the avoid­ance of doubt the an­nual plan 2019/20 prepa­ra­tion and de­lib­er­a­tions should in­clude a re­view of all as­pects of rat­ing.

In Favour: Crs Fe­lic­ity Foy, Dave Hook­way, Mate Radich, John Vu­j­cich and Kelly Strat­ford. Against: HWTM John Carter, Tania McInnes, Ann Court, Colin (Toss) Kitchen and Sally Ma­cauley. The Mayor used his cast­ing vote and the mo­tion was LOST.’

‘Promised bro­ken’ pub­lished — North­land Age, Novem­ber 25), Mayor Carter re­sponded, “No one voted against a rate re­view. We all sup­port a re­view be­ing done. I did not use my cast­ing vote be­cause I did not need to.”

To my later let­ter pub­lished in the Age (‘Am­ne­sia’) Mayor Carter re­sponded: ‘Ac­cord­ing to Stand­ing Or­ders, where a vote is 50/50 the sta­tus quo re­mains.’ Carter could have voted for a rate re­view, a prom­ise made dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign for the may­oralty five years ago.

Deputy Mayor Tania McInnes con­tacted me by email; “A rates and rev­enue re­view was bought be­fore coun­cil on May 11, 2017. Three coun­cil­lors voted against, the mo­tion was left on the ta­ble”.

Eigh­teen months later Cr Foy took the mat­ter in hand with her Oc­to­ber 25 mo­tion to im­ple­ment this agreed pol­icy in time for the 2019/20 an­nual plan process. The out­come of that vote could most ac­cu­rately be ex­pressed as ‘the Mayor and four coun­cil­lors voted against a rate re­view for now.’-

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