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Don't Subvert the Consultation Process
|“The irony is huge. Lianne Dalziel as a Labour MP campaigned |
against partial privatisations, yet as Christchurch Mayor
she may implement the same policy at the
Christchurch City Council.” *
Christchurch will not, according to Mayor Lianne Dalziel recover completely from the aftermath of the earthquakes until “democracy has been restored to the people of this city”* – a sentiment with which we totally agree.
However the veracity of the statement is questionable (as are other undertakings to consult with the community about the proposals to asset strip the city) when Council passes resolutions like this.
They want to be able to sell everything
“To ensure that the Council gains the greatest return from any sale, it needs the flexibility to consider the sale of part, or all of its entire holdings. In comparison, sales of small shareholdings or retention of control by Council will limit the value that can be released. As part of the Long Term Plan we are therefore consulting on the potential divestment by CCHL of its interest in Orion New Zealand, Lyttelton Port Company, Christchurch International Airport Ltd, Eco Central, City Care, and Red Bus.”
No alternatives have been investigated
On 26 February 2015, Councillors Johanson and Turner proposed
“That the Council request staff to modify the draft financial strategy to include credible alternative options that save capital expenditure instead of releasing capital and increasing rates.”The Mayor ruled this out of order.
8 are For Privatisation
Lianne Dalziel Mayor 941 8999 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ali Jones Shirley-Papanui, 941 7066 email@example.com
David East Burwood Pegasus, 388 1104 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Gough Fendalton-Waimairi, 027 231 4393 email@example.com
Paul Lonsdale Hagley-Ferrymead, 941 7064 firstname.lastname@example.org
Raf Manji Fendalton-Waimairi, 351 2361 email@example.com
Tim Scandrett Spreydon-Heathcote, 941 7069 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicki Buck Riccarton-Wigram, 343 1991 email@example.com
6 are Against Privatisation
Andrew Turner Banks Peninsular 328 8204 firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Livingstone Burwood Pegasus 941 7059 email@example.com
Jimmy Chen Riccarton-Wigram 342 8589 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pauline Cotter Shirley-Papanui 379 7195 email@example.com
Phil Clearwater Spreydon-Heathcote 941 7068 firstname.lastname@example.org
Yani Johanson Hagley-Ferrymead 941 7063 email@example.com
- Contact the 6 Councillors who attempted to bring rationality to the discussion and thank them.
- Check out our Submissions and Resources pages
Five Weeks Is Not Enough
Christchurch City Councillors have finally emerged from their months of ‘public excluded’ meetings and put their cards on the table.
Meeting today to discuss the draft Long Term Plan Consultation Document councillors have already resolved to remove a number of our assets from the list of strategic assets thus freeing them for sale.
It is our understanding (at this stage) that the proposed four week consultation period (March 17th – April 20th) proposed in the consultation document has been extended by one week. We will verify this as soon as is possible.
Whatever the case – four weeks or five – it is clearly not adequate time for the citizens of the city to respond to such a complex and important issue – particularly given that much of the information underpinning the recommendations are not in the public domain.
- The agenda for today’s meeting here
- The draft ‘consultation” document is here
- Associated documents here