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STOP THE SUPERCITY UPDATE! BUILDING THE FRAMEWORK FOR THE AUCKLAND REGIONAL RATES REVOLT! 24 APRIL 2010

STOP THE SUPERCITY UPDATE!

1) PETITION TO HELP STOP WATER PRIVATISATION :

Petition 2008/60 of Penelope Mary Bright and 171 others, presented by Su’a William Sio, on 9 December 2009 – referred to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

“Requesting that the House of Representatives do not implement any legislative changes to the Local Government Act 2002 which would make it easier to privatise water services via changes to ‘contracting out’, and ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) provisions, until a full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts in New Zealand has been undertaken.”

I HAVE BEEN ASKED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ENVIRONMENT SELECT COMMITTEE TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS PETITION BY 7 MAY 2010.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR EVIDENCE WHICH COULD BE INCLUDED
– PLEASE EMAIL ME :waterpressure@gmail.com
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2) BUILDING THE FRAMEWORK FOR THE RATE$ REVOLT!
I HAVE BEEN GRANTED SPEAKING RIGHTS AND WILL BE RAISING WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCILS AS TO HOW THEY CAN ASSIST CITIZENS AND RATEPAYERS WHO DISPUTE AND WITHOLD RATES PAYMENTS – BY RESOLVING NOT TO INSTIGATE RATES RECOVERY PROCEEDINGS:

Suggested, and recommended action that could be taken by Councils in support of citizens and ratepayers who are considering the taking of a stand which cannot be ignored:

– A ‘Rates Revolt’ to stop the Supercity, in order to save and safeguard our lawful democratic rights as citizens, our public assets and resources for our children, grandchildren and future generations.

SUGGESTED (DRAFT) RESOLUTION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF AUCKLAND COUNCILS:
“That elected representatives of the _____________________________Council resolve
in support and defence of the underpinning principles:

a) That ‘the will of the people is the basis of the authority of government’, and there should be ‘no taxation without representation’;

b)That citizens have a lawful democratic right to a binding poll (vote) on a ‘reorganisational proposal’ such as the Auckland ‘Supercity’;

c) That local government must be ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’
to the citizens and ratepayers of those districts, cities and regions;

d) That ‘prudent stewardship’ and ‘fiscal responsibility’ must be exercised over the ownership, operation and management of public resources,’ thus models such as Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) whose ‘cost-effectiveness’ for the public majority has yet to be proven by a ‘cost-benefit analysis’, should not be used;

e) That the ownership, operation and management of essential public services – especially water services, which are vital for public health and sanitation,should remain under the direct democratic control of elected representatives, not ‘commercialised’ under the CCO (Metrowater) model or privatised under the Public Private Partnership (PPP – (United Water Papakura) model.

f) That as the right to affordable, safe water is an UN International Human Right
which states:

“.s 27…Equity demands that poorer households should not be disproportionately burdened with water expenses as compared to richer households,”
[“UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
General Comment No. 15 (2002) The right to water (Articles 11 and 12 of the International Covenant on Economic,Social and Cultural Rights) 26 November 2002.]

– it is recognised that the spreading of ‘user-charges’ for wastewater services will further violate that right, and potentially cause financial hardship particularly to larger, poorer families who need to use more water as a vital necessity for life;

that Council hereby resolves that there will be no initiating of ‘rate recovery’ proceedings under s 62 and/or s63 of the Local Government Rating Act 2002, against any citizens and ratepayers who dispute and withold rates payments for any of the above-mentioned reasons.”

SUPPORT NEEDED AT THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEETINGS!
ARC: Monday 26 April 2010 – 4pm 21 Pitt St Auckland City
Papakura District Council: Tuesday 27 April 2010 – 4pm
Waitakere City Council : Wednesday 28 April 2010 – 5.00pm
Franklin District Council: Thursday 29 April 2010 – 11am
Manukau City Council: Thursday 29 April 2010 – 5pm
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
021 211 4 127 https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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April 24, 2010 - Posted by | Stop the $uper City

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