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WE HAVE LIFTOFF! BOTH THE LABOUR AND GREEN PARTIES SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WATER PRIVATISATION! SATURDAY 12 JUNE!

19 May 2010

Hi folks!

(Next Auckland planning meeting is Monday 24 May,
7pm at Unite offices, 6a Western Springs Rd, Kingsland.

It would be good to have reps there from all corners of the region!
FROM PAPAKURA TO RODNEY!

Let’s make some history here!
It’s PEOPLE POWER TIME!)
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WE HAVE ‘LIFTOFF!

A) Both the Labour Party and the Green Party are supporting the call for a
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WATER PRIVATISATION!

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1) THE CALL TO ACTION!

THE REQUEST FOR SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WATER PRIVATISATION FROM THE LABOUR PARTY/ GREEN PARTY/ MAORI PARTY AND PROGRESSIVE PARTY:
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18 May 2010

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION!

SATURDAY 12 JUNE

STOP PRIVATISATION!

NO CORPORATE CONTROL OVER OUR WATER!

NO CCOs! NO PPPs!

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RALLIES NOT MARCH PROPOSED FOR AUCKLAND.

Those who attended the Auckland organising meeting last night were concerned that would not be sufficient lead time before 12 June 2010 to organise an Auckland march, along the lines of the recent ‘anti-mining’ march.

People also thought that the clear focus should be on water privatisation.

What is now being proposed is a rally outside the Auckland Town Hall on Saturday
12 June.
(This is in line with what is being suggested for the rest of NZ).

People will have an opportunity to sign ‘submissions’ that can then be collected and sent down en masse to Parliament.

The suggested time for the Auckland City rally is from 12 noon to 2pm – that should be confirmed by Friday 21 May.

The suggestion is that rallies are held outside the Town Halls /Council Chambers of other Councils in the Auckland region.

The next organising meeting will be held early next week – details will be sent out as soon as they are confirmed.

Any support from the ( Labour Party/Green Party/ Maori Party /Progressive Party) would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

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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2) RESPONSE FROM THE LABOUR PARTY
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Phil Twyford confirmed that the ‘NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WATER PRIVATISATION’ on Saturday 12 June 2010 had keen Labour Party support, and would be promoted through Labour networks.

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    3) RESPONSE FROM THE GREEN PARTY
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    From Sue Kedgley’s office:
    From: Sue Kedgley
    Date: Wed, May 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    Subject: RE: URGENT UPDATE FOR GREEN PARTY CAUCUS 18 MAY 2010 – NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WATER PRIVATISATION

    Tena koe Penny,

    Thank you very much for sending this request through.
    The Local Government kete has discussed your proposal and the decision was made to support you with this.

    We will support you with the following: we will advertise the National Day of Action Against Water Privatisation through our networks, e-notices and e-newsletters and encourage our Green Party members to attend the day.
    ………………

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    (AWAITING RESPONSES FROM THE MAORI PARTY & PROGRESSIVE PARTY
    (JIM ANDERTON)
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    4) THE VISION!

    PEOPLE FROM BLUFF TO KAITAIA STANDING UP TO BE COUNTED OUTSIDE
    THEIR TOWN HALLS/ COUNCIL CHAMBERS – SAYING:

    “WE THE PEOPLE OF ………… DON’T WANT OUR WATER PRIVATISED!”
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    The vision is to have some form of protest action/ rallies at Town Halls /Council Chambers all over NZ.

    The reason for Town Halls /Council Chambers being the immediate focus is because it is the ‘local authorities’ / ‘local government organisations’ under the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill, who will be given this increased ability to privatise water services.

    (This way Mayors and Councillors who are opposed to water privatisation can join the public at these rallies all over NZ.

    Be good for the voting public to see where their elected representatives stand on this VITAL issue and if they are literally going to ‘stand up to be counted’!)

    IT HASN’T BEEN THE COUNCILS OR PUBLIC WHO HAVE BEEN PUSHING FOR THIS LEGISLATIVE CHANGE!

    It is those representing the big private contractors/ multinationals who would financially benefit who want these legislative changes.

    Imagine photos of people from all over NZ rallying outside THEIR Town Halls/ Council Chambers saying:

    “WE CITIZENS AND RATEPAYERS OF (AUCKLAND CITY/ WHEREVER)
    DON’T WANT OUR WATER SERVICES PRIVATISED!”

    That will help to point the finger at those who DO want water privatisation made easier –
    THOSE WHO WOULD FINANCIALLY BENEFIT FROM THE CONTRACTING OUT OF WATER SERVICES!
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    5) WHO IS REALLY PUSHING FOR THIS LEGISLATIVE CHANGE??
    THE LINE-UP OF THE BIG FAT CORPORATE SNOUTS …………………

    Those whose interests are represented by the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) – who have been treated by Treasury analysts as if they are some form of ‘independent third party’ – when they are VERY MUCH a party with major financial interests in these proposed legislative changes.

    How is this not a form of ‘corrupt practice’????

    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/informationreleases/ris/pdfs/ris-dia-rbwi-apr10.pdf

    “REMOVING BARRIERS TO WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2002 – REGULATORY IMPACT STATEMENT

    Executive summary

    1. The Local Government Act 2002 (LGA02) places significant restrictions on councils’ provision of water services.

    These restrictions remove the power of councils and communities to structure their water services to best meet their needs and preferences, and are contrary to the LGA02’s core principle of general empowerment.

    Considering the need for significant investment in water services infrastructure over the coming decades, councils need to have a flexible legislative framework in which they can make the most effective and efficient delivery decisions.

    The objectives of the proposed changes are to remove unnecessary barriers to water infrastructure development and provide councils with an increased range of optionsfor the provision and management of water services.

    To achieve this, the preferred option is to amend section 130 and repeal sections 136 and 137 of the LGA02.

    Adequacy statement

    2. The Regulatory Impact Analysis Team has assessed this Regulatory Impact
    Statement and considers that it contains sufficient information for Ministers to
    understand the gaps in the analysis and the risks of the preferred option.

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    “5. The LGA02 limits contracts between local government organisations and other agencies, for any aspect of a water service, to a maximum term of
    15 years.

    This can be a significant restriction as PPPs and BOOT schemes usually require a longer repayment timeframe (25 to 30 years) and a direct link between performance and repayment to provide best value.

    The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) has identified several constraints that result from this restriction, such as reduced debt raising capacity, constrained ability to refinance, and a reduction in the transfer of risk to the contracted party.

    The Local Government Rates Inquiry also noted that the 15 year contract limit effectively prevents PPPs and recommended its extension.”
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    [NB! It was ex-World Bank David Shand who headed this bogus ‘Rates Inquiry’ – which never analysed WHERE exactly Council rates were being spent, and also recommended the spreading of the ‘Metrowater model’, (‘user-pays’ for water and wastewater – although there has never been any ‘cost-benefit analysis of the Metrowater model!

    http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Agency-Independent-Inquiry-into-Local-Government-Rates-Rates-Inquiry-Reports?OpenDocument

    “David Shand, chairperson. David Shand returned to New Zealand in 2006 after a number of years living overseas. He has worked for three international organisations, most recently for over eight years as a public financial management specialist at both the World Bank and the IMF in Washington
    DC. This followed four years working with the OECD in Paris on public sector reform issues.”
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    NB! It was ex-World Bank David Shand who was then appointed as one of the three ‘Commissioners’ on the ‘Royal Commission on Auckland Regional Governance’ – whose most significant recommendation was:

    ‘ 21A of the Report of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance that:

    “All Auckland Council’s major commercial trading and infrastructure activities should be undertaken through CCOs”…

    (Although NO CCO has ever been subjected to any ‘cost-benefit analysis!!!)

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    _http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/informationreleases/ris/pdfs/ris-dia-rbwi-apr10.pdf
    – Show quoted text –

    “6. Councils are currently facing significant investment in infrastructure for water services.

    According to research commissioned by NZCID into the state of the New
    Zealand water industry, the infrastructure is considered ‘adequate’, but major
    changes are required to one or more of: the infrastructure condition; committed
    investment; regulatory regime, and planning processes; to enable infrastructure to be fit for anticipated purpose.

    This includes investment in new reticulation systems to take communities off septic tanks, addressing issues associated with climate change, and renewal of ageing infrastructure (treatment plants and reticulation plus sewer separation to change combined wastewater and storm water drainage systems to dedicated pipes to minimise hazardous spillages into harbours and waterways).1

    1 NZCID: Policy priorities for advancing infrastructure development in New Zealand. Research conducted by GHD and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. ”

    [ How cute is that?
    NZCID commission ‘research’ from THEIR OWN MEMBERS!
    GHD and Price Waterhouse Coopers!!

    For a list of the big snouts lining up to shovel their slobbering chops into this potentially bigger ‘public trough’ – read on! ……………………

    http://www.nzcid.org.nz/ourmembers.html

    # AECOM
    # Alcatel-Lucent
    # ANZ
    # Arrow International
    # Auckland City Council
    # Auckland Regional Transport Authority
    # Aurecon
    # Bank of New Zealand
    # Beca
    # Bell Gully
    # Brookfield Multiplex
    # Brookfields Lawyers
    # Coffey International Ltd
    # Committee for Auckland
    # Cooper and Company
    # CPG New Zealand Ltd
    # Datacraft
    # Deloitte
    # Deutsche Bank
    # DLA Phillips Fox
    # Downer EDi Works
    # EMA
    # Ernst Young
    # Fletcher Construction
    # Fulton Hogan
    # Ganellen
    # Genesis Energy
    # GHD
    # Hawkins
    # Higgins
    # Holcim (NZ)
    # Infratrain
    # Jardine Lloyd Thompson Ltd
    # Kensington Swan
    # Kordia
    # Leighton Contractors
    # Macquarie NZ
    # Mainzeal
    # Marsh
    # Mayne Wetherell
    # McConnell Dowell
    # MWH
    # Northington Partners
    # Opus International Consultants
    # Pacific Road Corporate Finance NZ
    # Perpetual Trust
    # PricewaterhouseCoopers
    # Russell McVeagh
    # Simpson Grierson
    # Sinclair Knight Merz
    # Stevenson
    # Thiess Services
    # Transfield Services
    # Transpower New Zealand Ltd
    # United Group (NZ) Ltd
    # Veolia Transport
    # Waitakere City Council
    # Watercare
    # Westpac Institutional Bank
    Associate Members
    # Aggregate & Quarry Association of New Zealand
    # Austrade
    # Capella Capital
    # Cranleigh Merchant Bankers
    # Infrasol (NZ) Ltd
    # InternetNZ
    # Miller & Associates
    # Mono Pumps (New Zealand) Ltd
    # NZ Airports Assoc. Inc
    # Richard Reid Architect & Landscape Architect
    # TUANZ
    # Venture Taranaki
    # WT Partnership

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    6) CONNECTIONS IN HIGH PLACES………. STEPHEN SELWOOD CEO OF THE
    NZ COUNCIL FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT:
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    STEPHEN SELWOOD – CEO OF THE NZ COUNCIL FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT WAS AN UNSUCCESSFUL NATIONAL PARTY CANDIDATE FOR SELECTION IN 2005 FOR THE AUCKLAND TAMAKI ELECTORATE.

    Presumably he still has some rather handy political connections – at the highest levels ….???
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    http://www.terrapinn.com/2007/npnz_nz/SpeakerList.stm

    “Mr Stephen Selwood,
    Chief Executive Officer,

    New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development

    Stephen Selwood is Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development.
    NZCID aims to promote the provision of world class infrastructure in New Zealand through public and private sector collaboration.

    The Council’s mission is to highlight the direct link between world class infrastructure and New Zealand’s capacity to achieve its economic and social potential. NZCID is also concerned to identify impediments to infrastructure provision – and to promote positive solutions.

    Until his appointment as CEO for NZ Council for Infrastructure Development, Stephen held various senior management positions with the New Zealand Automobile Association.

    He is well known in local body, central government, and media circles for his expertise on infrastructure development in New Zealand. He is a regular commentator and guest speaker both in the media and in public forums on this subject. ”
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    http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=31921
    “Stephen Selwood has been Chief Executive of the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development since 2005. He is member of many boards including: Deputy Chair of Cleft NZ from 2009; Auckland Regional Council’s Economic Development Agency since March 2009; Business NZ Energy Forum since 2006 and the Employers and Manufacturing Association Infrastructure Policy Committee since 2005.

    Stephen Selwood has a wealth of knowledge and experience of strategic and public policy issues across transport, energy, water, telecommunications and social infrastructure development. His understanding of New Zealand infrastructure and planning processes will provide a strong support to any resource management infrastructure policy recommendations.”

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    IOQ/AQA Combined Conference – Auckland 2008

    http://www.ioqnz.co.nz/uploads/CP0802-KeynoteAddress-SSelwood.pdf

    “KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Stephen Selwood – Chief Executive

    NZ Council for Infrastructure & Development
    ……………………………………..
    First of all, I should probably briefly highlight who NZCID is.

    Many of you may not be familiar with our organisation.

    We are in fact a membership organisation of roughly 60 major corporates in the
    infrastructure development field, be it finances, constructors, designers, and I am very pleased to say that two of our members from your esteemed group (Stevenson Group and Holcim) are regularly communicating through to the wider audience the issues that face the aggregate industry.
    …………………………………………………..
    We have a study going on in water at the moment because we think that is a very obvious application of private sector investment potentially through PPPs to help fund over the longer term and get intergenerational spread on the investments in the water sectors, which is one of the driving pressures
    of local authority expenses.”
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    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/informationreleases/ris/pdfs/ris-dia-rbwi-apr10.pdf

    “Consultation

    55. The Treasury, Ministry of Health, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Economic Development, Local Government New Zealand, the Society of Local Government Managers, Ingenium (Association of Local Government Engineering New Zealand), and the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development have been consulted in the preparation of previous drafts of the Regulatory Impact Statement and associated paper.”
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    [See any group here that could be said to represent the public or the ‘public interest’? Unless, of course these ‘analysts’ think that the public who actually PAY THE RATES aren’t actually ‘stakeholders’ with any ‘standing’ in these proposed legislative changes? ]

    Cheers folks!

    Please do what you can here to help SPREAD THE WORD!

    Thanks!

    Penny

    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
    http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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