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.
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.
Today’s decision by the Hawke’s Bay community to vote overwhelming against amalgamation shows the spirit of local democracy is alive and kicking in New Zealand, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“The Hawke’s Bay community are to be congratulated for their determination to keep their independence and resist the future ramifications a super-city structure would impose on its residents.
Local Government New Zealand’s 10 Point Plan is a chance to stop the widening chasm between the rates some households are charged and their ability to pay, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“There is a huge disconnect between rates based on the value of people’s homes and their income, particularly in Auckland.