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In whose interest?
Concerning the amalgamation of Northland
This proposal for a super Northland Council has
been presented with undue haste at a most
inopportune time, and appears to have all the
qualities of a fait accompli.
1. Whangarei already has a political body that
deals with issues which directly affect us. They
know the issues first-hand, and are not distant from
them as would be a super council composed of
2. Some local councils, such as Kaipara, have
incurred significant debts which we in Whangarei
should not be required to repay. We are aware of the
proposal to ring fence this debt, but the interest on
the debt will continue and the amount to be repaid
increase. Again, the decision to fund future projects
in Northland may be under the control of persons
whose interests may not resonate with the interests
of this community.
3. The cost of winning a seat in the proposed
council will be considerable, thus excluding citizens
without substantial financial means from
4. The benefits of amalgamation are not evident
apart from a promise of greater efficiency and
reduced costs. The slogan one voice for many
communities is glib and meaningless. Whose voice
would it be, and whose interests would be served?
The interests of Whangarei may not be paramount
in the minds of some. Again, no reduction in rates is
promised although it is claimed savings will be
brought about through amalgamation.
5. Who will be the guardian of the environment in
this region, and how will citizens be able to oppose
proposals which run counter to their interests? The
costs of mounting a legal challenge to proposed
council actions would be beyond the resources of
most people in Whangarei.
Amalgamation, should it occur, will effectively
dilute the democratic process and place power in the
hands of a few with an agenda as yet unknown.
Northland will become a fiefdom in the hands of the
Further to your story January 7 Unitary authority
proposal divides , I do not think Whangarei District
councillor Tricia Cutforth realises the proposed
unitary authority amalgamation is an all or
nothing situation for Northland.
The Local Government Commission might make a
few tweaks to adjust its proposal, but -- unless there
is a poll requesting a Northland-wide referendum,
and unless that poll shows Northland people in the
majority opposed to the unitary authority idea -- it
will go ahead.
And Northland will find itself governed very much
in the manner of the early colonial provinces -- a
backward step at the very least.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common cause of
neurological disability affecting both men and
women of varying ages. The Northland MS Society,
a charitable organisation, relies on donations and
fundraising to provide help and support to those
living with MS in Whangarei and throughout the
wider Northland region.
We wish to thank the following local businesses
for their assistance in our latest fundraising
venture: Regent New World, The Warehouse, Mitre
10, Thompson and Bagley, Arthurs Emporium, The
Mad Butcher, and Whangarei Pak n Save. Also
special thanks to the members of the Mangakahia
Your help and support is greatly appreciated and
it enables the society to continue offering a valuable
service to those in need. Donna Rogers, president
Wende Quin, co-ordinator
Northland MS Society
Holiday peace of mind
Having just returned from an idyllic week at
Matapouri Bay, I d like to thank the local residents
for their hospitality.
They must dread the holiday-makers invading
their patch of paradise but are welcoming
nonetheless, particularly at the annual gala where
we so enjoy buying their home-made jams, pickles
One development since last Christmas is the
honorary car park ambassadors at beautiful Whale
Bay. The beach and its improved walkways are a
Northland treasure but repeated break-ins to cars
often put people off.
But with the ambassadors on duty there were no
such fears and every day the car park and road were
packed. Well done!
Blockhouse Bay, Auckland
Tutukaka Coast: Beautiful Whangaumu Bay (also known as Wellington's Bay) on January 4. Thanks to Peter
Plaistowe for sharing this photo.
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