The announcement we were expecting yesterday came later in the day, but not from the PM. Rather, it came from Ayesha Verrall, Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation, who said government and businesses are working together to pilot the use of rapid antigen testing in workplaces.
But readers who believe that all citizens in a democracy should have the same entitlements and voting rights and the same ability to hold to account the people who govern us should look beyond Covid to another threat.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed the interim report on the Future for Local Government Review.
In her press statement, she says
“.. our system of local democracy and governance needs to evolve to be fit for the future.”
You could say it has been fast evolving already (or eroding, perhaps) on Mahuta’s watch in the local government portfolio. She has been instrumental in
- removing the rights of citizens to challenge electoral arrangements which displease them, such as the introduction of Maori wards by local council; and
- pushing on with the highly contentious Three Waters reforms, which include arrangements for Maori to become co-governors (unaccountable to the majority of citizens) of four new water-administering authorities.