The Government’s reforms for local government lack a coherent strategy, appear to be ideologically driven and fail to state what benefits they will provide communities, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri says.
“The Local Government Minister’s new Better Local Services package is all over the place.
The Minister of Maori Development must publicly commit to delaying the introduction of Maori land reforms until the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal are properly addressed, says Labour MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“The Waitangi Tribunal’s findings show that all Maori landowners will be disadvantaged if the Bill proceeds in its current form.
Māori landowners concerned about further loss of land resulting from planned reforms to Māori land laws will be disappointed with the evasive answer given by the Māori Development Minister in Parliament today, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
Labour supports a call for the Auditor-General to investigate the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s $40 million commitment to the Ruataniwha dam by four of its own councillors, Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri says.
“The Council’s ‘provisional decision’ to commit so much ratepayers money without any public consultation, is a very serious matter.
The Māori Development Minister needs to get real and admit he has not secured the broad-based support required to move ahead with the changes to Maori land laws, says Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“Te Ururoa Flavell has said he attended about a third of the 20 consultation hui, and claimed they all indicated support for the proposed changes.
Upper Hutt City Council’s controversial move to establish a “TPPA Free Zone” policy reflects the concern many local authorities have over the deal and the Government must now provide assurances to our representatives, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.
“I am hearing the real concern out there about the implications of the TPPA at local government level.
Asking the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to sign a 35-year water user agreement, on top of $80 million-plus of ratepayer investment earmarked for the Ruataniwha Dam, is the latest worrying sign the scheme is more sham than dam, says Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
“After five years of failing to secure necessary water-uptake from farmers and failing to secure institutional investors, Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) is now effectively asking the Regional Council and ratepayers to sell water to themselves.
Comments made by the Māori Development Minister about the Crown’s planned changes to Māori land legislation have reinforced the lack of support for the reforms and called into question the value of the consultation hui, says Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“In the last few days I have attended six consultation hui in Whakatane, Te Kaha, Tokomaru Bay, Gisborne, Wairoa and Hastings.
An Employment Court judgement requiring Talley’s AFFCO staff at its Wairoa freezing works to return to their normal shifts is a victory for the locked out workers, say Labour’s Workplace Relations Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway and MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“This has been a five month ordeal for the workers, their families and the wider Wairoa community,” says Iain Lees-Galloway.