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14 MAY- STOP THE $UPERCITY UPDATE! NO MORE PRIVATISATION! NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 12 JUNE!

14 May 2010

Hi folks!

1) LAST REMINDER TO VOTE IN THE
‘PEOPLE’S REFERENDUM’ ON THE SUPERCITY!

The Aucklander is now presenting the Auckland region with its only chance to vote “yes or no”
to the Government’s plans to merge our eight councils.
Supercity People’s Referendum – vote now

Voting now open for the Our Auckland People’s Referendum:

Do you approve of the way in which the Government is setting up the new Auckland Council (the “Super City”)?
Online voting (and optional online survey)
Click here ( below ) to vote online at the Our Auckland website http://www.ourauckland.org.nz
http://www.ourauckland.org.nz/the-campaign/validation/ ( copy & paste in your browser )

Paper voting
People without internet access are welcome to use a paper vote.
The ballot paper is printed in the 06May2010 and 13May2010 editions of The Aucklander
(free with The New Zealand Herald). Photocopies are accepted.

Vote at your local Library

( Must use your name etc exactly as it is in the Electoral Role ).

Hurry! Voting closes 5pm Friday 14 May 2010
Votes must be received before 5pm Friday 14 May 2010 to be counted.
Voting and survey results will be published on Thursday 20 May 2010.

Refer to http://www.savepapakura.com/

2) NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION! SATURDAY 12 JUNE 2010

‘NO MORE PRIVATISATION!
DON’T SELLOUT NZ!”

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WATER PRIVATISATION /
PRIVATISATION (PRISONS/ ACC ETC ) SATURDAY 12 JUNE!

AGAINST SELLING OUT NZ TO CORPORATE INTERESTS………..

PROTEST 12 JUNE – IN TOWNS AND CITIES ALL OVER NZ!

SUGGESTED RALLYING /PROTEST POINTS – TOWN HALLS/ COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Although it’s a Saturday and the Town Hall /Council Chambers won’t be open, we can use them as a rallying point / end point for marches.

Think we should give the VERY clear message that it is not the people who want the law changed to make it easier for multinational water companies like VEOLIA to take over our water!

Below is a DRAFT submission that people can use /adapt/ to send to the Local Government Select Committee.

Think it would be GREAT to have hard copy ‘submissions’ available for people to sign at the National Day of Action ALL OVER NZ.

Organisers can then collect them on 12 June and send them to Wellington.

Also be good to have a leaflet explaining how to make a submission ‘on-line’.

Please be aware that if you DO send in a ‘proforma’ submission – the Select Committee may deny you the right to address them and make a verbal submission – they claim some standing order gives them the right to do this – I haven’t double-checked which one.

But – for people who don’t want to make a verbal submission and address the Select Committee – NO PROBLEM – just send in a ‘proforma’ (exactly the same wording as others).

This is the bit that will make them take notice!

I hereby give notice that if my Council considers contracting out water services to the private sector –
I will consider disputing and refusing to pay those water /wastewater rates.

‘Considering’ doesn’t hold anyone to anything – but given our Auckland Water Pressure Group campaign – based on disputing and refusing to pay Metrowater accounts – it is a threat that cannot be ignored.

WHEN INJUSTICE BECOMES LAW – RESISTANCE BECOMES DUTY!

DRAFT SUBMISSION – FEEDBACK WELCOME.

(Use whatever you want if it’s helpful! 🙂
waterpressure@gmail.com

____________________________________________________

Chair of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee,

Chris Auchinvole

Select Committee Office

Parliament Buildings

WELLINGTON

Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill

Dear Members of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee,

I believe that water privatisation covers both the operation and management, as well as ownership of the water services assets. The income stream will flow from publicly-owned pipes to the private sector.

I believe that the legislative changes proposed by this Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill will make it easier for multinational water companies such as United Water to effectively gain control of water services in New Zealand. (United Water is 100% owned by Veolia Water – the world’s largest multinational water company).

I believe 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.

I believe that water services should not be operated and managed as a ‘profit-making business’.

I have not seen evidence of any independent ‘cost-benefit’ analysis which conclusively proves that privatisation through ‘contracting out’ or PPPs benefits the public majority.

I believe that the House should uphold and progressively implement the International Human Right to Water, as enshrined in the 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), by not passing any further legislation, and repealing any existing legislation which enables “volumetric” charging for water and wastewater services, which disproportionately burden poorer households with water expenses as compared to richer households.

I am deeply concerned that Graham Wood, former Managing Director of United Water, South Australia, (now employed by the Auckland Transition Agency (ATA), is currently leading the ‘integration’ of Auckland regional water services, which I believe is for a future takeover by United Water.

I am deeply concerned that United Water South Australia have been taken to Court by the South Australian Government, the allegation being that South Australian ‘customers’ were allegedly overcharged through the transferring of ‘corporate overhead costs’ arising from United Water’s NZ operations.
I support 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 hereby give notice that if my Council considers contracting out water services to the private sector –

I will consider disputing and refusing to pay those water /wastewater rates.

NAME:_______________________________________________________

ADDRESS:____________________________________________________

SIGNED: _________________________________________

DATE:__________________

____________________________________________________________
3) NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION! SATURDAY 12 JUNE 2010:

AUCKLAND ORGANISING MEETING!
MONDAY 17 MAY
7 – 9 PM
UNITE UNION OFFICE
6A WESTERN SPRINGS RD
WESTERN SPRINGS /KINGSLAND

‘DRAFT’ PROPOSAL: THAT ON SATURDAY 12 JUNE
WE HAVE AN AUCKLAND MARCH!

(SIMILAR FORMAT TO THE RECENT VERY SUCCESSFUL ‘ANTI-MINING’ MARCH)

11AM ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE BRITOMART

11.30 AM START MARCH

BRIEFLY STOP OUTSIDE AUCKLAND TOWN HALL

END POINT – MYERS PARK

COLLECT SIGNATURES ON ‘PRO FORMA’ SUBMISSIONS TO BE SENT EN MASSE TO PARLIAMENT!

(IF NECESSARY WE COULD PUT UP A BIG TENT AT MYERS PARK SO PEOPLE COULD SIGN UP – IN CASE OF RAIN?)

‘NO MORE PRIVATISATION!
DON’T SELLOUT NZ!”
IN AUCKLAND – WE CAN ADD-
STOP THE $UPERCITY!

INTERESTED?
KEEN TO HELP?

YOU’RE WELCOME!

FIRST AUCKLAND ORGANISING MEETING!
MONDAY 17 MAY
7 – 9 PM
UNITE UNION OFFICE
6A WESTERN SPRINGS RD
WESTERN SPRINGS /KINGSLAND

4) For latest info – check out https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Cheers!

Penny

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ for Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

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