Many questions remain unanswered about the appointment of Tuku Morgan to his new Three Waters role, and the reforms are set to speed up once this Bill is passed into law. THOMAS CRANMER writes –
Four weeks after Tuku Morgan issued a press statement confirming that he had been appointed as chairperson of the entity A iwi representative group for Three Waters questions still remain as to the process for that appointment. It also remains unclear why it was considered appropriate to appoint Morgan to a role within entity A when he had represented entity B in working group discussions only months earlier.
As well as confirming his new role, Morgan’s statement included the following:
“While it is easy and convenient for Auckland Council and Watercare to keep increasing the water take from our awa tupuna to supply water to Taamaki Makaurau, it is not sustainable.”
Following the announcement I asked the Department of Internal Affairs for some details about Morgan’s appointment process. A spokesperson responded: Continue reading “THOMAS CRANMER: Questions remain over the appointment of Tuku Morgan” →
Local body governance in the Wellington region has been found wanting in the past day or so. City councillors in Wellington and community board members in Wainuiomata are being pressed to seek instruction on how to do a better job.
The decisions of Wellington City’s fractious councillors have huge implications for the rates burden. Those of the Wainuiomata Community Board – where cultural education is being recommended – demonstrate how a vote is prone to be overturned if local Maori are affronted.
For now, Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has ruled out appointing a Crown commissioner for Wellington City Council where councillors have been wrangling over the future of the city’s central library.
According to Stuff:
The idea of a Crown observer or commissioner overseeing the council has been raised several times over the past year, and has come up again following disagreements over plans to privatise parts of the library building.
But that’s not the end of it, because … . Continue reading “Guidance in good governance is called for – Wellington City won’t get a commissioner (not yet) but Wainuiomata lane vote will be revisited” →
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has one of the great jobs in modern NZ politics. He’s in charge of spending the $3bn Provincial Growth Fund, which NZ First extracted from Labour as part of its coalition negotiation.
Already $2bn has been committed, and the fund is expected to allocate the remaining $1bn before next year’s general election.
And the provinces, the theory goes, will be so grateful they will ensure NZ First gets back to Parliament to deliver a repeat dose post- 2020
Or will they?
Shane Jones has certainly generated a constant flow of headlines, but will the benefits to the provinces yield sustained economic development, and produce a renaissance in the provincial cities? Will the economic benefits be solid enough to filter down to the average resident in the supposedly deprived regions? Continue reading “Questions are raised about the PGF and its promise of provincial rejuvenation” →