OK so now you are in charge of local government. Good luck, I wouldn't want that job.
Auckland is happy now that Mr Banks has promised to limit spending growth. What about Christchurch, our second-largest city?
We are saddled with the biggest bunch of spending lunatics a city has ever seen outside Haringey. They are ripping up our wonderful 14m wide streets and replacing them with narrow goat tracks at enormous cost. They are buying land from developers to fashion a city in their own image. They have so many staff they are busting out of their building and want to spend $20m or more on a new one. Our rubbish system is so screwed up they have given up trying to give us an inadequate number of bags (26 a year) and have moved on to filling our property with plastic bins at enormous cost. They built a landfill 75km away from the city.
Our rates are so high we have had to put our properties on the market. We pay over $5000 for cheap ground water, worsening traffic, crazy building and land restrictions and a bunch of environmentalists which would better suit Greenpeace than a proper council.
Our situation is so messed up we have two councils (ECAN and CCC). One day they fell out and sued each other in the courts, both at our cost!
It has got beyond a joke. I'm laughing but I'm crying.
Rodney, The regulations can reform themselves. The ETS can stew in its own hot air. The commerce can minister alone. Forget these other minor issues.
Please, cut my rates!