If you can have a referendum on tolling, why not on Maori seats?

Len Brown wants a referendum on tolling motorists to pay for his trainset:

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is considering a referendum on tolls and congestion charges to finance the $2.4 billion inner city rail loop and other transport projects.

Tolls and congestion charges will be included in his first 10-year budget as alternative funding sources to rates and taxes to meet a $10 billion funding shortfall for major transport projects.

Mr Brown yesterday told a Herald Project Auckland business lunch that he was considering a referendum to get a mandate to introduce new charges on motorists as alternative funding sources to rates and taxes.

It is great that Len Brown is considering a referendum, and since he is, how about he adds on a referendum question about Maori seats on the Auckland Council?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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