Cultural Legislation

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An interesting article here from the Rotorua Review.

Anyone who has ever been involved with Councils or have had to go through the onerous and exaggerated RMA processes will probably find themselves in agreement with Cr Cliff Lee who is mentioned.

I’ve seen Cliff Lee on Willie Jackson’s Eye to Eye programme before. He is a long standing advocate of eliminating the ridiculous “cultural aspects” of local legislation such as the RMA and the Local Govt Act. Unfortunately the process for local body politicians to bring about any changes to legislation through Local Government NZ is very slow.

One of the “cultural aspects” of the new LGAct is the possibility of Maori Wards. These are being discussed around the country a lot at the moment because the deadline for a Council deciding to implement Maori Wards is November 23 this year.

I note recently in Auckland, both the ARC and Waitakere City Council’s have voted not to proceed with such racial discrimination. Here in this blog’s backyard, the Manukau City Council will be making their final decision on Thursday 27th.

Lets all hope common sense prevails.


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