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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE STOP THE $UPERCITY FIGHTBACK!

18 March 2010:

Hi folks!

1) MANUKAU ‘STOP THE $UPERCITY’ – BUILD THE RATE$ REVOLT PUBLIC MEETING
HAS BEEN POSTPONED!!

2) INTERNATIONAL WORLD WATER DAY PROTEST AGAINST THE WATER PRIVATISATION AGENDA OF THE $UPERCITY ATA!
(ASSOCIATION OF TREACHEROUS AUCKLANDERS)

3) LATEST DEVELOPMENTS WITH THE IOSEFAS !

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL DEPUTY MAYOR – DAVID HAY – SHOWS HIS POLITICAL BIAS AGAINST THESE WPG MEMBERS IN A DEFAMATORY, SOCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE EMAIL!
1) MANUKAU ‘STOP THE $UPERCITY’ – BUILD THE RATE$ REVOLT PUBLIC MEETING
HAS BEEN POSTPONED!!

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1) MANUKAU ‘STOP THE $UPERCITY’ – BUILD THE RATE$ REVOLT PUBLIC MEETING
HAS BEEN POSTPONED!!

THE PUBLIC MEETING WHICH WAS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 20 MARCH AT THE OTARA MUSIC AND ARTS  CENTRE HAS BEEN POSTPONED TILL MID- LATE APRIL.  DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.

THE REASONS FOR THE POSTPONEMENT ARE:

a) CLASHES WITH ASB POLYFEST.
b) A NUMBER OF POLITICIANS FROM LOCAL AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING (TO LISTEN TO WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY! 🙂 AND MORE TIME IS NEEDED TO MAXIMISE ATTENDANCE.

(I ALSO HAVE THE STOP THE $UPERCITY ‘GATHERING’ ON WAIHEKE ISLAND SATURDAY AFTERNOON 20 MARCH 2010 – 2.15 – 5PM, WHICH WAS GOING TO BE A BIT TIGHT TIMEWISE.)

SO!
SORRY FOLKS.
PAUL TEIO WILL MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE AT THE OTARA MUSIC AND ARTS CENTRE BEFORE 6PM TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

CAN YOU PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO HELP LET PEOPLE KNOW THE MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED?

THANKS!!

Penny
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2) INTERNATIONAL WORLD WATER DAY PROTEST AGAINST THE WATER PRIVATISATION AGENDA OF THE $UPERCITY ATA!
(ASSOCIATION OF TREACHEROUS AUCKLANDERS)

WHEN:     MONDAY 22 MARCH (INTERNATIONAL WORLD WATER DAY)

TIME:       11.30 – 2PM

WHERE:  OUTSIDE OFFICE OF THE $UPERCITY A.T.A.
103 CARLTON GORE RD
NEWMARKET

MAP!
http://www.wises.co.nz/l/103+Carlton+Gore+Rd+Newmarket+Auckland/#c/-36.864949/174.774287/16/

The ATA is the engine room of unelected – selected ‘architects’ of the $UPERCITY
framework – who are charged with administering this CORRUPT CORPORATE COUP!

We never voted for this $UPER RIPOFF, and we never voted for those on the ATA, whose job it is to set up a bigger public trough for bigger – but fewer private snouts.

http://www.theaucklander.co.nz/local/news/architects-of-the-new-auckland/3905502/

The mechanism for enabling the Auckland region to be run like a business – by business FOR business – is the CCO model –  (Council Controlled Organisation).

Otherwise known as ‘Ca$H Cow Organisation’/ ‘Corporate Controlled Organisation’  – for which there has NEVER been a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ done – by ANYONE – including the ROYAL CONJOB – which PROVES the ‘cost-effectiveness’ of the CCO model for the public majority.

As far as the ‘one big Auckland Water Company’ is concerned – this has been the corporate agenda for years. The aim being for Watercare to turn into a GIANT Metrowater CCO – spreading ripoff ‘user-charges’ for wastewater to Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere City councils – the intention being that larger families of 8 per house hold will pay over $500 every 3 months ($2000) per year on top of property rates!

Just as happened in South Australia – the intention is for corporatised CCO Watercare to then contract out the operation and management of Auckland regional water and wastewater services to United Water – who have been based in Papakura since 1997. Thanks to ex-privatising Mayor of Papakura David Hawkins – who has been Watercare’s ‘Corporate Liasion Manager’ since 2000.

GUESS WHO IS WORKING AT THE ATA – HELPING TO ‘INTEGRATE’ AUCKLAND REGIONAL WATER SERVICES – GETTING THEM READY FOR THE PLANNED UNITED WATER PRIVATE TAKEOVER?

NONE OTHER THAN THE FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR OF UNITED WATER SOUTH AUSTRALIA – GRAHAM WOOD – WHO EX-CEO OF WATERCARE – MARK FORD
(NOW CEO OF THE ATA) SNUCK IN AS GENERAL MANAGER FOR WATERCARE OPERATIONS AROUND 2007!

WORKING TOGETHER AT THE ATA WITH EX-PRIVATISING MAYOR OF PAPAKURA
DAVID HAWKINS.

HOW BAD IS THAT?

IT SEEMS THAT THE PUSH TO SET UP THE PRIVATISATION OF AUCKLAND REGIONAL WATER SERVICES HAS COME FROM PUBLICLY-OWNED WATERCARE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION – SEE ATTACHMENT:

STOP THE $UPERCITY! Leaflet explaining Graham Wood CORRUPT CORPORATE COUP 4 February 2010.doc 37K

http://www.indymedia.org.nz/article/77640/united-water-exposed-papakura
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3) LATEST DEVELOPMENTS WITH THE IOSEFAS !
AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL DEPUTY MAYOR – DAVID HAY – SHOWS HIS POLITICAL BIAS AGAINST THESE WPG MEMBERS IN A DEFAMATORY, SOCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE EMAIL!

READ ON……………..

(PLEASE NOTE THAT CITY LAW ‘LAWYER’ MICHAEL TOLHURST HAS NOW BEEN SACKED BY METROWATER.  THIS WAS CONFIRMED BY THE CHAIR OF METROWATER’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS ROSS KEENAN ON 17 MARCH 2010)

18 March 2010

OPEN LETTER TO MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVT: RODNEY HIDE:

Minister for Local Government

Rodney Hide

Response from Penny Bright and the Iosefa family lawyer to comments emailed from ‘SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE’ Auckland City Council Deputy Mayor David Hay, 17 March 2010:

Dear Rodney,

It is my considered opinion, that the following item of correspondence from Auckland City Council’s Deputy Mayor David Hay – is a further disgraceful display of the deeply entrenched
political bias and discriminatory attitude and behaviour shown towards Water Pressure Group members – in this case – the Iosefa family.

How ‘socially responsible’ is it for the Deputy Mayor of the largest Council in New Zealand – to send far and wide, untrue, discriminatory and defamatory comments about citizens and ratepayers, who have been subjected to, and are still being subjected to, unlawful and extortionate actions by this effectively ‘out of control’ Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) Metrowater Limited?

Yet more reason to support your urgent intervention as Minister for Local Government to initiate a review of the failure of Auckland City Council to ensure Metrowater’s compliance with policies outlined in their Statement of Intent’ regarding  ‘debt management’, should Auckland City Council fail to confirm the following outcomes by 5pm Friday 19 March 2010:

1) In the first instance, the unlawful persecution of the Iosefa family will cease forthwith. Metrowater has been instructed to immediately withdraw any proceedings from the High Court for any further ‘Writ of Sale’ or the like, over their family home at 89A Canal Rd Avondale.

Metrowater will fully reimburse Maria and Luapo Iosefa for any costs incurred as a result of Metrowater’s lawyer’s unlawful actions.

2) A full investigation will be carried out, INVOLVING DISCUSSIONS WITH MYSELF AND MEMBERS OF THE WATER PRESSURE GROUP AS DIRECTLY-AFFECTED PARTIES,  as part of  the ‘audit process’ into Metrowater’s debt management processes and actions, given the now proven highly unprofessional style of work of Metrowater’s (former?) lawyer, Michael Tolhurst, and current ‘Legal and Compliance Officer John Hilario; including, but not limited to;  proven discriminatory political bias against myself and fellow WPG members; failure to follow lawful due process in the serving of court documents; lies being told me in order to destroy my credibility (including a complaint against me – authorised by Metrowater’s CEO, to the NZ Law Society); the use of ‘standover’/’extortionist tactics’ to enforce payment of disputed accounts; Metrowater’s failure to follow its disputes process.

(EG: How many legal proceedings initiated in the Auckland District Court by Metrowater’s ‘law’ firm City Law, ended up as ‘Judgments by Default’ – because the Defendants didn’t file a ‘Statement of Defence’, or attend the hearing?

HOW MANY OF THESE CASES WERE AS A RESULT OF LAWFUL ‘DUE PROCESS’ NOT BEING FOLLOWED BY METROWATER’S LAWYERS, AS WAS THE NOW PROVEN  CASE WITH MARIA AND LUAPO IOSEFA?

3) In the interim, ALL current legal proceedings against WPG members will be withdrawn FORTHWITH.

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Looking forward, at last,  to the application and upholding of the rule of law, and commonsense.

It is LONG overdue.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

Ph (09) 846 9825

1) MY ‘OPEN LETTER’ TO THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – WHICH – FOR SOME REASON ‘JAMMED ON FULL’ THE BUTTONS OF THE DEPUTY MAYOR OF AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL – DAVID HAY:

Subject: PRESENTATION TO FINANCE AND STRATEGY COMMITTEE OF AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL RE: IOSEFA HOME SALE

17 March 2010

Rosslyn Noonan
Chief Commissioner
NZ Human Rights Commission

OPEN LETTER

Dear Rosslyn,

I presented to the Auckland City Council Finance and Strategy Committee this morning, evidence of Metrowater’s failure to act in a lawful and ‘socially responsible’ manner, by singling out a Samoan family, and attempting to sell their family home to pay a disputed Metrowater account.

The reasons, law and evidence are provided in the attachment.

This has been an absolute DISGRACE.  In my opinion – unbridled abuse of monopoly power by a supplier of the most essential of all public services – water and wastewater – to date unchecked by those who have statutory duties to ‘monitor’ their performance as a ‘Council Controlled Organisation’ – CCO.

This is the first time Metrowater have initiated proceedings in the High Court to obtain a ‘Writ of Sale’ – so they are NOT treating the Maria and Luapo Iosefa the same as other Metrowater customers, in the provision of goods and services – a breach of s44 of the Human Rights Act 1993.

I have included the following ‘Outcomes Sought’ from this presentation:

If both Metrowater and Auckland City Council fail to act in a ‘socially responsible’ manner – in accordance with their statutory duties – I will be making a complaint to the HRC and seeking your assistance to achieve these outcomes.

OUTCOMES SOUGHT:

PLEASE CONFIRM BY 5PM FRIDAY 19 MARCH 2010 THE FOLLOWING:

1) In the first instance, the unlawful persecution of the Iosefa family will cease forthwith. Metrowater has been instructed to immediately withdraw any proceedings from the High Court for any further ‘Writ of Sale’ or the like, over their family home at 89A Canal Rd Avondale.

Metrowater will fully reimburse Maria and Luapo Iosefa for any costs incurred as a result of Metrowater’s lawyer’s unlawful actions.

2) A full investigation will be carried out, INVOLVING DISCUSSIONS WITH MYSELF AND MEMBERS OF THE WATER PRESSURE GROUP AS DIRECTLY-AFFECTED PARTIES,  as part of  the ‘audit process’ into Metrowater’s debt management processes and actions, given the now proven highly unprofessional style of work of Metrowater’s (former?) lawyer, Michael Tolhurst, and current ‘Legal and Compliance Officer John Hilario; including, but not limited to;  proven discriminatory political bias against myself and fellow WPG members; failure to follow lawful due process in the serving of court documents; lies being told me in order to destroy my credibility (including a complaint against me – authorised by Metrowater’s CEO, to the NZ Law Society); the use of ‘standover’/’extortionist tactics’ to enforce payment of disputed accounts; Metrowater’s failure to follow its disputes process.

(EG: How many legal proceedings initiated in the Auckland District Court by Metrowater’s ‘law’ firm City Law, ended up as ‘Judgments by Default’ – because the Defendants didn’t file a ‘Statement of Defence’, or attend the hearing?

HOW MANY OF THESE CASES WERE AS A RESULT OF LAWFUL ‘DUE PROCESS’ NOT BEING FOLLOWED BY METROWATER’S LAWYERS, AS WAS THE NOW PROVEN  CASE WITH MARIA AND LUAPO IOSEFA?

3) In the interim, ALL current legal proceedings against WPG members will be withdrawn FORTHWITH.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF THE ABOVE-MENTIONED OUTCOMES ARE NOT ACHIEVED, THAT  THE MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, RODNEY HIDE, WILL BE REQUESTED TO INITIATE A REVIEW OF THE FAILURE OF AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL TO ENSURE METROWATER’S COMPLIANCE WITH POLICIES OUTLINED IN THE STATEMENT OF INTENT REGARDING ‘DEBT MANAGEMENT’.

The powers of the Minister of Local Government, in such a matter are set out as follows:

Local Government Act 2002

256 Minister may appoint person to act on behalf of local authority, or initiate review

(1) If the Minister considers that the grounds in subsection (2) exist, the Minister may, by notice in the Gazette,—

(a) appoint a person to perform and exercise a local authority’s responsibilities, duties, and powers either generally or to the extent specified in the notice; or

(b) appoint a person to review, consider, and report on the performance of a local authority, either generally or in respect of any particular matter specified in the notice

(2) The grounds are—

(a) that the local authority is wilfully refusing or substantially refusing to perform and exercise its duties and powers under this Act or any other enactment; and

(b) the refusal—

(i) is impairing, or likely to impair, the good local government of the local authority’s district or region; or

(ii) endangering, or likely to endanger, the public health or safety of the local authority’s district or region.

(3) Before exercising his or her powers under subsection (1), the Minister must—

(a) give the local authority notice in writing of his or her intention to do so, including the reasons; and

(b) give the local authority not less than 20 working days to satisfy the Minister—

(i) that the grounds do not exist; or

(ii) that steps have been taken to rectify the situation.”

I do hope that this will not be necessary.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bright

Media Spokesperson

Water Pressure Group

Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.

“Anti-corruption campaigner”

Ph (09) 8469 825

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