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AUCKLAND RATES REVOLT GATHERS MOMENTUM

February 20, 2010

15 February 2010

The latest news on the AUCKLAND REGIONAL RATE$ REVOLT TO STOP THE $UPERCITY!

YOU MIGHT WANT TO PUT THIS IN YOUR DIARY NOW?

NEXT PUBLIC ORGANISING MEETING TO BUILD THE  AUCKLAND REGIONAL RATE$ REVOLTTO STOP THE $UPERCITY! WHEN: Wednesday 24 February 2010 TIME:    7.30 – 9.30pm WHERE: Auckland Trades Hall 147 Great North Rd Grey Lynn

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UPDATE!1) WEREN’T ABLE TO COME TO OUR PUBLIC MEETING WHICH LAUNCHED THE AUCKLAND REGIONAL RATE$ REVOLT? – you can see it here:

Watch the full public meeting here on guerilla media courtesy of MR NEWS RAWhttps://www.guerillamedia.co.nz/content/rates-revolt-organised-stop-super-city-agenda-mr-news-raw

HAVE PROBLEMS DOWNLOADING ‘YOU TUBE’?

WOULD PREFER YOUR OWN COPY OF THE PUBLIC MEETING DVD?

YOU CAN BUY A COPY OF THE DVD OF THE PUBLIC MEETING WHICH LAUNCHED THE AUCKLAND REGIONAL RATE$ REVOLT!

YOU CAN SHOW THE DVD TO YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, WORKMATES – MAYBE BUY ONE FOR THEM TO HELP GET THE MESSAGE OUT?

COPIES OF THE DVD WILL BE AVAILABLE AT OUR NEXT PUBLIC MEETINGON 24 FEBRUARY 2010!

COST OF DVD – ONLY $10!!!  IF BUYING AT THE MEETING!(If mailed P&P costs apply)

Buying a DVD kills rwo birds with one stone!

a) THE DVD IS A FUND-RAISER!  BUYING A DVD WILL HELP US!

We get $5 per DVD as a ‘fund-raiser’ which goes towards covering our STOP THE $UPERCITY RATE$ REVOLT expenses: eg: Hall hirePhotocopying (for leaflets /posters)Mobile phone bill (for alerting people to our meetings through texting)Fabric/ paint/brushes etc (for banners)etc…

b) THE DVD IS AN ‘EDUCATIONAL TOOL’ WHICH HELPS TO GET THE TRUTH OUT ABOUT HOW THE $UPERCITY IS A CORRUPT  SUPER RIP OFF!

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(The following information has been provided by ‘MR NEWS’,  Vincent Eastwood, who is doing a GREAT job in helping to get the message out.)

” Buy DVD online link here https://www.guerillamedia.co.nz/content/super-city-rates-revolt-everything-you-need-know
The super city is a blueprint for privatisation that is being jumped on by corrupt corporate lobbyists as a means to scam the $28 billion of public assets from the Auckland region. In this DVD you will learn who’s behind it, what their agenda is and how to fight them effectively. See the design herehttps://www.guerillamedia.co.nz/sites/default/files/imagefield_thumbs/SUPER_CITY_DVD.jpg-What you need to know about the super city scam-Privatisation-Contractors-Council controlled organisations-How to join the rates revolt.
Either purchase the DVD here for $10 plus P&P or contact MR NEWS guerillamrnews@gmail.com and make an arrangement for payment and pick up.If you want a dvd made of your public meeting please contact me.Thank you!MR NEWSwww.guerillamedia.co.nz ” __________________________________________________________________

2) GREAT submission from the Editor and Chief Reporter of ‘The Aucklander’ on the ‘Local Government Law Reform Bill’!

(Thanks Mels for passing this on!)

https://www.theaucklander.co.nz/opinion/news/editorial-the-smell-of-democracy-on-fire/3909732/

Most UNUSUAL for an Editor and Chief Reporter to make a submission on a Bill!

READ THIS!!!

The Aucklander WISHES TO APPEAR in support of this submission.

The Editor, Ewan McDonald, wishes to represent The Aucklander with the Chief Reporter, Edward Rooney, in support.

It is The Aucklander’s view that this Bill, in its current form, is an affront to the citizens of Auckland.

First, this Bill should restore the provisions of the Local Government Act 2002 which have been outrageously overridden by the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation) Act 2009. That the people of Auckland should be denied the rights to democratic local governance is unconscionable and despicable.

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Summary

The Aucklander calls on the Select Committee to defer further reorganisation of the Auckland region until proper consultation and consideration has been granted its citizens.

Current transition arrangements should be held in place while elections are carried out in October 2010 as provided for in the Local Government Act 2002, Local Government (Auckland) Amendment Act 2004, Local Government Act 1974 and Local Electoral Act 2001.”

GOOD ON THEM!

3) 27 ‘Submissions’ (don’t you HATE that word?) signed at the Public Meeting and at the protest held outside Parliament on Friday 12 February 2010, opposing the $UPERCITY – $UPER RIPOFF, were passed on to the Auckland Governance Legislation Select Committee, with the much-appreciated assistance of James from Phil Twyford’s office.

The wording of this ‘submission’ was as follows:

THE ‘RATEPAYER’ VERSION:

“Please be reminded of  Article 21 (3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948:

“(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.” I am therefore considering disputing and refusing to pay Council /ARC and water /wastewater rates, in order to support the following petitions which are currently before  the Local Government and Environment Select Committee of the ‘Highest Court in the Land’ –the New Zealand House of Parliament. These petitions are directly  relevant to      the ‘Local Government Auckland Law Reform Bill’, which is now  before you.

A) Petition number 2008/38,  of Penelope Mary Bright and 224 others, presented by Sue Bradford on 23 September 2009 – referred to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee:

“Requesting that the House repeal the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau) Reorganisation Act 2009 forthwith,   and that the lawful due process, as currently outlined in the Local Government Act 2002, section 24 “Reorganisation Proposal”, schedule 3, including a binding poll through which the majority of citizens and   ratepayers (as electors    under the Local Electoral Act 2001) have the final say on any such reorganisation, is upheld. “

B) Petition number 2008/20 of Penelope Mary Bright and 62 others, presented by Dr Russel Norman on 12 May 2008 – referred to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee:

“Requesting that the House not implement any legislative changes proposing the ‘reorganisation’ of Auckland regional governance, until the lawful due process for so doing, as enshrined in s24 “Reorganisation Proposals’, and Schedule 3 (particularly s49 thereof – “Polls must be held”) of the Local Government Act 2002, is properly followed; and the mandatory poll of electors who will be affected by the proposed abolition of Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere City Councils; and Papakura, Rodney and Franklin District Councils, with their proposed ‘reorganisation’ into one ‘Auckland Council’, is duly held.

C) Petition number 2008/19, of Penelope Mary Bright and 150 others, presented by Carol Beaumont on 7 May 2009 – referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee – then on 28 May 2008 transferred  to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

“Requesting that the House uphold and progressively implement the International Human Right to Water, as enshrined in the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights General Comment No. 15 (2002) (The right to water (Articles 11 and 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) 26 November 2002), by not passing any further legislation, and repealing any existing legislation which enables “volumetric” charging for water and wastewater services, which disproportionately burden poorer households with water expenses as compared to richer households.”

D) Petition number 2008/18, of Penelope Mary Bright and 171 others, presented by Sue Bradford on 5 May 2009 – referred to the  Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

“Respectfully requests that the House of Representatives note that 120 people have signed a petition Requesting that there be no legislative change to enact recommendation 21A of the Report of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance that: “All Auckland Council’s major commercial trading and infrastructure activities should be undertaken through CCOs” until an independent cost-benefit analysis confirms the cost-effectiveness of the CCO model (particularly for water services) for the majority of citizens and ratepayers. “

E) Petition 2008/60 of Penelope Mary Bright and 171 others, presented   by Su’a William Sio, on 9 December 2009 – referred to the  Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

“Requesting that the House of Representatives do not implement any legislative changes to the Local Government Act 2002 which would make it easier to privatise water services via changes to ‘contracting out’, and ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) provisions, until a full and thorough independent investigation of the pricing practices of private water company United Water’s seven contracts in New Zealand has been undertaken. Please be further reminded, that the people of New Zealand are citizens – not slaves.New Zealand is supposed to be a ‘participatory democracy’ – NOT a dictatorship. “WHEN INJUSTICE BECOMES LAW – RESISTANCE BECOMES DUTY!”

RATE$ REVOLT ‘SUPPORTER’ VERSION:

“I support those who are considering disputing and refusing to pay Council /ARC and water /wastewater rates, in order to support the following petitions which are currently before  the Local Government and Environment Select Committee of the ‘Highest Court in the Land’ –the New Zealand House of Parliament. I support these petitions which are directly  relevant to  the ‘Local Government Auckland Law Reform Bill’, currently  before you.”

4) PROTEST OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT AGAINST THE $UPERCITY!

Friday 12 February 2010 (last day for submissions for the ‘Local Government Auckland Law Reform Bill)

Many thanks to the Wellingtonians who came out in support and helped to hold our banners (in the pouring rain!). They included members of Wellington Residents and Ratepayers groups who can see that an Auckland ‘$UPERCITY’ is the thin end of the wedge for the second round of ROGERNOMIC$ at Local Government level, and they don’t want a $UPERCITY either!

Wellington City Councillor Bryan Pepperell filmed our protest:

Thanks Bryan!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OELnrwWjny8&feature=email

On February 12 2010 Political activists gather outside Parliament Buildings to protest the formation of Super Cities in New Zealand. The protest was organised by Penny Bright who is a long time water acitivist from Auckland. Penny has a warning to the people of New Zealand. Public water is under attack by the profit takers.

5) NEXT ORGANISING MEETING TO BUILD THE  AUCKLAND REGIONAL RATE$ REVOLT TO STOP THE $UPERCITY! WHEN: Wednesday 24 February 2010

TIME:    7.30 – 9.30pm

WHERE: Auckland Trades Hall              147 Great North Rd              Grey Lynn

( For more background information – check out:

www.stopthesupercity.org.nz )

If YOU are opposed to the $UPERCITY and want to help support/build the RATE$ REVOLT you are very welcome!

We really want to hold a series of public meetings in each Council area to explain WHY we have called a RATE$ REVOLT, and to encourage as many people as possible to support us.

FIRST STEP – WE NEED PUBLIC MEETINGS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

A) WAITAKERE CITY COUNCIL

B) MANUKAU CITY COUNCIL

C) NORTH SHORE CITY COUNCIL

D) PAPAKURA DISTRICT COUNCIL

E) FRANKLIN DISTRICT COUNCIL

F) RODNEY DISTRICT COUNCIL

CAN YOU help to work with others to organise a Public Meeting in YOUR Council area?

If YES – please email me with your contact details and come to our next organising meeting so we can put people from the same Council areas in touch with each other.

Name:Address: (Including suburb)Phone number: Land line:     Mobile phone:

IT’S PEOPLE POWER TIME!!

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EVERYBODY can help!

NOT AN AUCKLAND ‘RATEPAYER’?

If you are NOT a ‘ratepayer’ in the Auckland region – then you can’t dispute and refuse to pay your rates – (because you are not the ‘ratepayer’ as such).

What you CAN do is send a letter – (or email a letter)  addressed to the Chair of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee of the ‘Highest Court in the Land’ – Parliament, in support of those who ARE disputing, or considering disputing and refusing to pay their rates, and in support of the following petitions which are currently ‘Items of Business’ before this Select Committee.

‘Template’ letters you can use will be sent out VERY soon.

Future workshops will share information on EFFECTIVE PROTESTING!(How to get the message out on the smell of a smell of an oily rag!)

The corporate and their friends have the money – we have the people!We just have to tell the public the TRUTH about what is happening!

If YOU want to help – the first thing you can do is FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE WHO YOU THINK MAY BE INTERESTED!

TELL people / TEXT people to let them know about our next ORGANISING meeting!

Think about helping to organise a PUBLIC MEETING about the RATE$ REVOLTin YOUR area!

YOU ARE THE CENTRE OF AN OVERLAPPING UNIVERSE!

YOU have HUGE ability to make an impact!

Ordinary people can do EXTRAORDINARY things.YOU can be one of those people who can help make a difference!

Get angry!Get active!

DO IT FOR YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS – OR THERE WILL BE NOTHING LEFT FOR THEM!

OUR PUBLIC ASSETS WILL END UP IN PRIVATE HANDS – JUST AS HAPPENED WITH OUR PUBLIC PROPERTY OWNED BY CENTRAL GOVERNMENT UNDER THE FIRST ROUND OF ‘ROGERNOMIC$.

For more background information – check out:

www.stopthesupercity.org.nz

PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON!

Thanks VERY much!

Penny BrightMedia SpokespersonWater Pressure GroupJudicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.”Anti-corruption campaigner”

Ph (09) 846 9825

021 211 4 127

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