Reading Between The Blinds

It seems that – no matter what, all councils are intent on subverting democracy – by hook or by crook. Linked below are some articles about The Hamilton City Council’s sabotage of Ratepayers’ democratic rights. Blinded by their own arrogance and knowing that a Ratepayer referendum would likely favour democracy over racism, the Council simply thumbed its nose at Ratepayers and made a number of incontestable-by-Ratepayers racist appointments to its various committees.

And while they made those undemocratic appointments, they also handed Ratepayers a bill for the privilege of being ignored. Each racist appointee will get $100 an hour, plus an assortment of IT toys (takeaway tablets?) coasting Ratepayers $12k.

One correspondent – Max Christoffersen – was strongly unimpressed.
Opinion: Council spends, spends, spends

This [racist] “can we have another go” initiative comes after the failure of the earlier Maori ward vote to get sufficient Maori votes behind it to make the change.

Recent media reports suggest few if any New Zealanders feel they are represented in local body decision-making. Ratepayers feel disaffected, disconnected and used by empire builders using ratepayers as an endless money supply to fund pet projects.

The same council criticism is levelled in every region of the country: Get back to basics. Keep basic infrastructure and council facilities maintained (Founders Theatre could have used that), forget the extravagance and get the rubbish picked up, city potholes fixed and keep the sewerage systems working. Forget everything else.

There was some dissent, but not enough to overcome the racist councillor voting bloc. A petition against the appointment of non-elected members, started by Democracy Action, had obtained 371 signatures.

Hamilton City Council’s plan to appoint non-elected members to Council committees will erode local democracy. This proposal is potentially even more damaging than Maori wards. The new appointees will not be elected, so they will be unaccountable in their decision-making – even to Maori. The appointees will come from the local iwi and a Maori social service agency, will have full voting rights on their committees, and will receive full-time salaries paid by Hamilton ratepayers.

Three Hamilton council committees get Maori representation

Councillor Mark Bunting was concerned that there was no input from the public on this decision.  My concern is that by not giving people the choice we are not following the process,” Mr Bunting said. “Are we afraid to have this debate with the public.”

Of course the racist councillors are afraid of democracy and Ratepaying voters. That’s why this is being done in a back door fashion. Doh!

UPDATE

Racist commentator and columnist Joel Maxwell endorses Hamilton Council’s undemocratic decisions:

If that’s sneaky, sneak away

8 thoughts on “Reading Between The Blinds

  1. It has happened, with expensive and ridiculous consequences, in Auckland and other cities. It would require Government legislation to abolish all non-elected seats on councils, but with a Prime Minister with Maori roots and the rest pandering to the Maori votes, we do not have a chance.
    The only solution that I can see would be the adoption of a method used in an Australian town some years ago. Everybody in the town simply ceased paying their rates. The council could not even pay their own salaries (Ouch !!!). They came to heel and made the changes demanded. Even if only 70% or so stopped, it would be enough to force their hand.

  2. Disgusting how dare treat the ratepayers like this .
    Wake up apathetic Kiwis these unaccountable muppets need to feel the wrath😡

  3. Cr. Garry Mallett spoke up condemned the whole idea as racist. He was joined in voting against the motion by Martin Gallagher, Leo Tooman and Mark Bunting. Three councillors were absent and six voted for the motion -they were Andrew King-the mayor, Paula Southgate, Angela O’Leary, Geoff Taylor and Ryan Hamilton. Could I suggest that these names be recorded so that when the next election comes along people will know how to vote.

  4. When did the councillors become so arrogant to presume that a NO to Maori wards meant they had to over ride Ratepayers by instituting race based council committee seats?

  5. Local councils that have tried to install this racist Maori ward idea around different council throughout New Zealand have all by ballot been soundly defeated by vote of their ratepayers. The councillors and mayors were all voted in by their respective ratepayers and must adhere to the wishes of the people or risk being kicked out on their backsides at the next elections.

  6. Cnr. Dave McPherson of the Hamilton City Council who supported and voted for the unelected Maori ‘advisors’ to be appointed, when charged with that very concept that it had been lost in every case except the Wairoa one – claimed that it was getting closer each time and very soon it would be the norm. He then mentioned several other councils – the only one I can recall at this stage was the Waikato Regional Council and that is true except that it was done in the most underhand way. The decision in that case was made in October of that year so that the holidays effectively shortened the period when signatures could be gathered in order to force a poll. Cr. Lois Livingston made the outrageous statement at the time that she was sure that, taken to a vote of ratepayers it would fail and therefore the WRC should do all it could to avoid a vote! No democrats these people! She has since died.

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