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Guy Burns: a sad day for local government: Kapiti is subsidising Air Chathams to the tune of $150K

The Kapiti council has a generous spirit it seems, just like the Horowhenua council that gifted $1.86 million to Willis & Bond property developers, a private company also. Really nice of them. And here, Kapiti have gifted $150K to a private airline company. Not quite as generous as Horowhenua but getting there. I am sure the ratepayers of both Kapiti & Horowhenua …. indeed throughout NZ these days are enjoying eating their cake. They had better because next of course, as everybody knows, the rates will hike sky high, easy pickings again for property developers.

Waikanae Watch

Air Chathams Air Chathams has flown profitably from the mainland to the Chatham Islands since 1984 — the KCDC courted them to fly from Paraparaumu to Auckland.  “No problem,” said Air Chathams, “provided you subsidise us.”  “Sure,” said councilors, “how much do you want?”

 “It’s a sad day for local government in Kapiti” says Guy Burns in response to news Kapiti Coast District Council will give $150,000 to help Air Chathams start flying from Paraparaumu to Auckland.

 “Councillors have shown poor judgement handing over ratepayers’ money to a private, profit making business. Air Chathams needs to stand on its own feet if it thinks it’s feasible to fly out of Paraparaumu.

 “Rate rises are high, debt levels have sky rocketed. There’s no place for local government subsidising private enterprise. In fact KCDC have lost millions over the years in failed attempts to promote economic development.

 “KCDC should stick to the basics of…

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Will Horowhenua ratepayers be paying for new water systems?… a demand created by land developers whom Council have exempted from Development Contributions

Information on financial impacts of new water and waste water systems still not available: All ratepayers potentially impacted.

Horowhenua District Council has refused to answer a direct question on the expected financial impact on ratepayers if new water and waste water systems are installed in five targeted areas including Waitarere, Hokio, Ohau, Manakau and Levin.

In response to a question asking for the impact “in dollar terms” Mr Clapperton replied, “Page 18 of the Consultation Document [2018-2038 Long Term Plan] explains the annual increase in rates for all households in the district currently connected to water.

“Within the new infrastructure settlements rates would increase by more since they would begin to pay the Water Supply Targeted rate when they start to receive this service.”

The service is forecasted to be delivered between 2027 and 2036. Waitarere has a waste water system but no water system.

As if Mr Clapperton’s answer isn’t confusing enough page 18 of the consultation document contains a table which includes the expected rates increases in each targeted area which gives the impression only the rate where the ratepayer lives will be applied.

However, the consultation document also makes the statement, “This additional service would mean an increase…for ALL [emphasis mine] households in the Horowhenua District who are connected to water [and waste water] services.”

A resident living in one of the targeted areas said in a conversation she had with the council’s asset manager engineer Sarie Van der Walt, the LTP contact on infrastructure included in the consultation document, ratepayers would be charged all the rates increases in the targeted area; not just the rate increase for the area where they lived.

Combined the total amounts to an expected $646.70 annual increase in rates but this is still less than half the amount councillor Christine Mitchell said rates are likely to increase in Waikawa Beach if new water and waste water systems are built.

Cr Mitchell reportedly made the comment at the last Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association AGM in December 2017 which was included in the WBRA newsletter as a predicted $1500 annual increase. She has not responded to requests for comment.

The council has therefore been asked the same question again to provide dollar figures for the expected rates impact if council’s preferred option of installing new water and waste water systems is adopted by council.

If ALL ratepayers connected to water and waste water systems are affected this could also impact ratepayers in all the other areas including Levin, Foxton, Foxton Beach, Tokomaru and Shannon.

Existing ratepayers are concerned they are having to pay for a demand created by land developers who have not had to pay one cent towards essential infrastructure costs since council cancelled development contributions in 2015.

In answer to this inequity Mr Clapperton said, “Council will be looking at several options to assist with funding growth-related projects, Development Contributions being one of the options available.”

However in the consultation document council says it won’t be considering the reintroduction of development contributions paid by land developers towards essential infrastructure until year 2019-2020.

Submissions on the consultation 20 year Long Term Plan close on March 26. The same day as consultations on the 2040 draft Growth Plan and Earthquake prone buildings also closes.

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Is NZ really one of the least corrupt countries in the world? What you need to know about your District Councils’ modus operandi – a revealing ‘must listen’ interview with Penny Bright

If, like myself, you’ve pondered at the current vagaries concerning our local District Councils, you need to hear this interview. Penny Bright asks the hard questions and like a dog with a bone, standing up for the marginalized, she won’t be sidelined. She expounds on her discoveries on the local governance front and what’s really been going on behind the scenes, away from public scrutiny. When you’ve listened, take a look at our Agenda 21/2030 in NZ pages on similar topic. See also our Local Govt Watch pages (main menu). They’re all related. All things became corrupted with Rogernomics and the big corporate switch that happened back then.
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From ourplanet.org

In this interview anti-privatisation and anti-corruption whistle-blower, Penny Bright, talks on issues around the three Cs – Corruption, Contractocracy, and Corporate Welfare, as well as issues around the private procurement model for public services.

Penny says the root cause of most corruption is privatisation. She asks why the Public Records Act is not being fully implemented and enforced in New Zealand.

If New Zealand is truly ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ – shouldn’t we arguably be the most transparent?

She says public transport is not public, and asks what the implications are of a fuel tax.

Penny has been involved in opposing the Tamaki ‘Regeneration’ project and speaks about dubious government and private dealings there.

She talks on the murdered Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the Panama Papers and has found some disturbing New Zealand connections.

Penny also speaks on State Capture, where private interests significantly influence the government’s decision-making processes to their own advantage.”

INTERNATIONAL RULE OF LAW FORUM

Penny Bright, was invited as a NZ ‘Rule of Law’ expert, together with nearly 300 attendees from 75 countries to the 2017 World Justice Project International Rule of Law Forum at The Hague. There she informed the delegates that New Zealand is a “Corrupt, polluted tax haven.

She says, “My political ‘bombshell’ was about NZ’s corruption REALITY, and

in my opinion, New Zealand is a ‘corrupt, polluted tax haven – a banana republic without the bananas’.

READ MORE & LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW:

https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-is-new-zealand-really-one-of-the-least-corrupt-countries-in-the-world?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=penny_bright#.WgTYN22RrZk.facebook

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