Friday, November 02, 2012


Local Government Act 2002
Amendment Bill
As reported from the Local Government and Environment Committee.
A very dark cloud is hanging over our country. Local democracy as we have known it is about to be removed. Is that what you want ?

New Zealand First summed it up well in the last paragraph of its submission:
"This bill poses a direct threat to the important second tier of democracy in our country and could mean that the local council ends up being run exclusively by those that support the Government of the day--not controlled by those elected by the voting public. It is fundamental that communities have the democratic right to determine the local governance of their city and district. Any proposed amalgamations of local authorities should be as a result of local community acceptance and approval, not imposed on them by central Government intervention as occurred in Auckland."


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