- Burling and Tuke claim strong lead
- Extra parking for Tauranga CBD
- No tsunami threat after earthquake
- Keeping benefits of water flouridation
- Woman winched from The Redwoods
- Man clings to container in rescue
- Capp wins NZ Ocean Swim Series
- For the love of Mauao
- Fine all-round guy takes last ride
- Olympic opportunity for kayaker
- Warning after McLaren Falls jump
- What's On Today? Love for Mauao
- Flashy and showy as possible
- Hilarious one-woman show
- Policy a path from poverty
- Head-on crash on SH29
- Tauranga man killed in crash
- Hare dies: 'Our hearts broken'
- Thousands feel and hear the love
- Truck rolls near Paengaroa
- Swimmer drowns in Bay river
- Wrangle over cancelled speedway
- Unbreakable bond of man and dog
- $7.1M win for Tauranga player
- Police investigating crashes
- Armed robbery at Edgecumbe hotel
- Vehicle flips in Apata crash
- Traffic delays on Hewletts Rd
- Guns fired in Coromandel
- Suncreen complaints heat up
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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