John Roughan has a killer op-ed. Should councils be concerned about the Arts? Â Should they be calling for tolls on roads they don’t own? Â What about banning stuff they can not legally ban?
So without enough to do, the elected body ponders long-term planning objectives and reads a great deal of paper on subjects such as environmental sustainability. It is getting so that every time the Auckland Council says or does something it causes me to wonder, do we need elected councils?
Seriously. The whole of New Zealand has a population no bigger than a decent-sized world city. Can a population of four million support more than one elected body? By “support” I mean give the body real power.
Power forces an elected body to use common sense. Without power an elected body can easily become a talking shop of pointless, though possibly perfectly rational, proposals that we are never going to see.
Councils get into the vicious circle about trying to meet targets that then become the driver for sub-objectives that lose complete sight of what they are there for in the first place. Â As you have seen with our New Zealandâs Silliest Local Body Spending Competitions, it gets seriously out of control.Â Read more »