Councils around the country should be representative of the communities that they work for. In order for this to happen, the voting systems that elects councillors and community board members needs to be improved.
We have a very long history in Aotearoa of technical and process innovation, and gutsy small and medium-sized businesses contributing in a range of ways to strong communities . I’m concerned this Government’s reform may value scale over expertise and community.
Well done Greenpeace in asking the High Court to review the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s decision to not seek public feedback on its decision to extend the area of land that will irrigated by the Ruataniwha dam.