- Weather watch issued for the Bay
- $2.8m for graduate nurses
- Correnso mine gets go ahead
- Vehicles stolen from petrol stations
- Island’s rocket-pad up in air
- What’s On Today: Art and fashion
- On a business mission
- Suspect list in Video Ezy robbery
- Free wedding with a twist
- ‘Breast is best’ for babies
- Sex offender admits more charges
- Sunshine short lived in the Bay
- Long lunch doubles in diners
- Hungry burglar gets munchies
- New $270k bridge opens
- Armed police close roads
- Matua car surfing 'stupid'
- ‘Give me your f***** keys’
- Shots fired at police in chase
- One hospitalised after Oropi crash
- Winner, winner chicken dinner
- $5k bill in chemist smash
- Family facing tough times
- Lamp posts down in crash
- Bay rugby mourns ex-All Black
- Wanted: Fowles brothers
- Woman critical after crash
- Video store robbed at gunpoint
- Alleged gunman appears in court
- $309k winner ‘over the moon’
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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