- ‘A Night Before Christmas’
- Putting people first
- Deck quoits and data
- Dayne’s fishing wish comes true
- Rena fault finding call
- Plans for Bay transport
- Library bus back on the road
- $11K worth of food donated
- Christmas weather not favourable
- Huge bill for athletics track
- Naming new roads to Te Puke
- Activists unveil Bridges billboard
- Final Rena report today
- Police hunt wanted men
- SmartGrowth hires planner
- Christmas cruelty for Bayfair boy
- Teen attempts to save drowning man's life
- Arrest made in Bayfair mugging
- Serious crash on SH2
- SH2 crash: patients stable
- Murder accused denies guilt
- Two charged over Tauranga murder
- What on earth was he thinking?
- Drowning at McLaren Falls
- Rain causes flooding and washouts
- Man's body recovered after drowning
- Burglary’s emotional cost
- Kaimai delays, Karapiro fatal
- Severe weather warning issued
- Bay police help in $6M drug bust
Protect Environmental Wellbeing
Spokesperson for the Green Party
The amalgamation of Auckland councils, championed as a major exercise in efficiency, has had one clear outcome – an increase in rates for Auckland ratepayers.
Local Government must deliver core services (infrastructure to keep our environment operating, our economy working, and our people safe), and promote the four wellbeings (environmental, social, economic, cultural) ensuring that we live happy lives.
Thirty years ago, the principle that “future users should pay for current development” was established for LG. Also, through the RMA and LGA (and revisions), central government has delegated increasing responsibility to LG.
The heritage is LG overwhelmed with debt. Well, we are the future users, and we are not happy.
Central government is retrenching because LG struggles to deliver on all its responsibilities in the context of “growth at any cost”. Environmental wellbeing, the most important of all, will take the biggest hit due to the mistaken belief that it is the least important element of our economy.
Ian McLean is a spokesperson for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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