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  1. Curtis Nixon, 28. November 2012, 19:46

    Dumb, dumb, dumb. Actually Fran, the two-tier model would ghettoize local democracy. Local councils would be left with consultation, plans and bylaws, since the government in the latest bill wants to restrict local government “developing a wide range of community programmes, events and services” (eg arts, culture, recreation, parks) while “delivering the benefits of a region-wide planning and decision-making”. This means all the real power would be in a tiny group of people’s hands, elected under the present job-for-life ward system.
    A ten member plus mayor super council would mean tiny representation for the other areas.
    The only way forward is a thirty member council with a mayor elected from and by the councillors, like Parliament. No wards. The at-large system gives figurehead mayors without the power of a cabinet, to do stuff and control the council bureaucracy. One tier, one super council for Kapiti, Porirua, Lower and Upper Hutt and Wellington. Wairarapa gets one combined council.
    And how come Fran has put out this ‘pro’ release today and Daran Ponter has a release out ‘anti’ the two tier model, both claiming the latest bill for support? Which is it?

     

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