Spelling it out

Plan Change 94B Papakāinga is progressing through the planning process. Last Monday, those who had made written submissions had the opportunity to voice their opposition or support to the hearings panel. I presented a submission on behalf of a community group advocating landowner rights. That panel consisted of three commissioners; … Continue reading

Then, now, and into the future

Then, now, and into the future

I commented recently that there appeared to be little interest in the local body elections. That changed with the arrival of a team waging a serious challenge to the Whangarei District Council (WDC) with a full slate of candidates and a high profile campaign. http://www.gowhangarei.kiwi/ Among their policies is a nil … Continue reading

Submission: Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2)

27 July 2016

Committee Secretariat
Local Government and Environment
Parliament Buildings
Wellington

Submission: Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2)

This submission is on behalf of the Landowners Coalition Inc – a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of private property rights.

We are generally supportive of measures that reduce the size of local government and transfer the management of essential services to Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), which in our view are better able to manage critical infrastructure. We support the creation of CCOs for the delivery of potable water, waste water, roading, and consent processing.

It is our view that the level of competency within local government is such that it is not best able to manage complex organisations or matters requiring expertise. Continue reading