- Public opt for 'no sale' at Mount
- Whakamarama fatal crash victim named
- Kidnapping accused in court
- Market sent down the road
- Wheeling and mealing
- White van scam nothing new
- Pedestrians versus diners
- Eighth arrest in alleged kidnapping
- Marine science excitement
- TPPA protest set for Saturday
- SmartGrowth 'short changed'
- VIDEO New twist in Moko dolphin tale
- Sick man flown to hospital
- Young gains WRC invite
- 6000 cannabis plants seized
- VIDEO: Four injured in serious crash
- Man dies in Whakamarama crash
- Teens kidnapped at gunpoint
- Truck crash injures two
- Audio deal 'sounds too good'
- Blaze rips through packhouse
- Seven arrested for alleged kidnap
- Caravan theft caught on CCTV
- Kaimai crash: woman critical
- Armed police raid properties
- Crash investigation underway
- Person injured in explosion
- Owner reunited with caravan
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- Rain may reach warning amounts
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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