On the same day Lee Short of Democracy Action, established to fight the ‘Taniwha Tax’ imposed on ratepayers by Auckland Council, appeared on TV3’s ‘Story’ programme exposing the cult of racketeering and extortion by tribal elites.
In case you missed it here is the link to the TV# coverage. Every ratepayer should see this because this is what Councils around the country intend imposing on their ratepayers.
By Heather du Plessis-Allan
If you are in Auckland and thinking of buying a house, you will want to watch this story or if you are somewhere else in New Zealand and like to indulge in a bit of schadenfreude in regards to the Auckland housing market, you will also want to know this.
New rules mean thousands of houses in Auckland City will need permission from an iwi to make big changes.
One house for sale with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two garages would have to consult up to thirteen different iwi.
Anything which requires a resource consent would have to go through the council and then to iwi.
This is because the house next door is culturally significant and may include a burial site.
Due to this burial site, any house within 100m needs iwi approval for structural changes which affects around 40 properties.
Story went to investigate these new rules which may affect more than 13,000 properties around the city.
Watch the video for the full Story report
Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has grown its membership from nothing in April to nearly 14000 only eight months later. Through a series of media releases, radio and TV appearances, reports and special investigations exposing the culture of waste in Auckland Council, the Alliance has become a force to be reckoned with in Auckland.
Ratepayers have for too long been regarded by self-serving elected representatives and Council bureaucrats as mere cash cows to be milked to pay for their vanity projects. Now there is an organisation that stands for low rates, cutting out waste, reducing debt and increasing accountability.
You can join the resistance here.
Both organisations are new to the Auckland political scene this year. They are fighting for democracy and ratepayer interests against 'Big Brother' Council. Local body elections are due in nine months so expect to hear more from both these highly motivated organisations that are building a grass roots following among ratepayers.