- TEL stretch to open this week
- Hospitable help for NZ charity
- Time's up for Matua pohutukawa
- Teen allegedly raped in Waihi
- Body found in Bay stream
- Man injured in Leisure Island fall
- Counselling service to close doors
- Bay clubbies on big stage
- Hatchback wanted for petrol thefts
- Busted at the border
- Outbreak prompts measles warning
- Elective surgery volumes increase
- Aquaponics food security solution?
- Meeting Karpovsky’s dance for two
- Dining Precinct on the menu
- Highway open after three car crash
- Amy wins Goliath tenancy battle
- Minister confirms passport change
- Kiwifruit smeared on Te Puke road
- Facebook post points to arson
- Heavy rain forecast for Bay
- Mysterious bangs sonic booms
- ‘Dangerous’ man wanted by police
- Polar blast to grip country
- Leisure Island petition fails
- Tauranga uni campus moves a step closer
- CBRE to fill Papamoa Plaza shops
- Missing man’s body found
- Strong winds turn final cruise ship away
- Bay crimes to feature on TV
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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