Who will determine Auckland’s future?

The cabinet papers that Rodney Hide has released relating to Auckland’s Spatial Plan make for interesting reading. It is obvious that this government will attempt to call the tune on Auckland’s development, despite the substantial mandate that Auckland voters gave to their mayor and council just a few months ago. A  discussion document that will in part inform the Spatial […]

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Academic angle on Super City changes

Pro-Vice Chancellor of AUT University, and Professor of Public Policy with the University’s Institute of Public Policy. Professor Ian Shirley has chipped in his two cents about the Auckland Super City changes. “local government in Auckland will be replaced with ‘a corporate structure where the major beneficiaries will be the exclusive brethren of big business, […]

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CTU spot on with submission

Submissions to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee about the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill closed last week. Out of the 427 submissions, one of the most interesting and well done was put forward by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. The submission outlines the problems with defining core services, the emphasis on investing and undertaking […]

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ECan Act “constitutionally repugnant”

… constitutionally repugnant … contains elements of subterfuge … a constitutional affront … simply unacceptable … failed the legal requirement that the law should be general and forward-looking, not retrospective … denied all the equal protection of the law … either gratuitous or disingenuous … does nothing to promote respect for the law … a disproportionate response to the issues. Pretty strong words from a Professor of Law

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A hard ACT to follow

It seems the infighting within the ACT Party is not confined just to Rodney Hide, Heather Roy, Roger Douglas and the Parliamentary wing. Following ACT on Campus President Rick Giles’ profound argument in denial of human induced climate change on TV3’s Sunrise earlier this week: I think my argument is so powerful, it’s not necessary to talk about it

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A friendly reminder to Aucklanders – your democracy is under threat

Just before the summer break, the Government pushed Rodney Hide’s Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill through its First reading and sent it to Select Committee. I blogged about it at the time, but many frogblog readers may have missed it in the pre-Christmas rush.  So here’s a friendly reminder – submissions close on 12 […]

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Submitting in your summer holiday

As I predicted last week, the Government has allowed only a very short time for submissions on the Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill – submissions close on 12 February 2010. This is a truly appalling Bill – it’s packed full of measures that undermine local democracy and promote the privatisation of Auckland’s assets.

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Gutting ACC – Employer disunity over ACC privatisation

Conflicting statements from business lobbyists reveal that there is no consensus amongst New Zealand business about the privatisation of ACC.

Business New Zealand has issued a statement supporting foreign-owned insurance companies being able to compete with ACC in workplace accident compensation. They are at loggerheads with the Employers and Manufacturers Association, who oppose ACC privatisation.

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More Circular Uncertainty from National

Following the circular uncertainty created by John Key and his National government regarding the Emissions Trading Scheme, we now have another round of circular uncertainty, this time created by officialdom, no doubt because there is no clear leadership from the top. To start with, we have the utterly confused and ambiguous signals to business regarding […]

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Denial is no longer an acceptable response

Greenpeace ironically notes that New Zealanders should be seriously alarmed at the prospect of the National-led government damaging the country’s relationship with the United States. “New Zealand is at serious risk of becoming an international Pariah over climate, and jeopardising its international standing and trade relations. The last thing we want is to become the […]

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Economics and climate science are not Hide’s strong suits

Brian Rudman today pins down the real danger the Rodney Hide’s climate denialism represents to New Zealand: The British Government Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in March, was blunt. “The scientific evidence is now overwhelming; climate change is a serious global threat, and it demands an urgent global response. Hundreds of […]

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Russel and Rodney debate the economy

TV3’s ASB Business show this morning featured a brawling debate between Russel and Rodney Hide this morning which includes Hide’s extraordinary proposal to pull New Zealand out of it’s international Kyoto commitments and, as Russel described it, have New Zealand tagged as a global climate criminal.  As Russel mentions during the debate the two biggest […]

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The politics of architecture

The September-October issue of the ArchitectureNZ magazine asks each political party leader to nominate a building which they admire or is significant to them.  And what it found was: The Left’s traditional, the Right’s radical, the Greens are right–on, the Maori look in and the Centre looks back. Russel chose the Ataturk Memorial, which stands […]

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