Auckland’s Maunga Authority says iwi are making progress in protecting their taonga – the city’s tihi (summit) – after receiving a large funding boost.
The authority was established eight months ago, and its kaupapa is to protect the 14 Tūpuna Maunga affiliated with the 13 iwi in the rohe.
Instead what we have is Len Brown ‘gifting’ $80 million of ratepayers money without any accountability. The ratepayers of Auckland must be wondering why they’ve handed over money to corporate barons to protect the volcanic cones when they have just been denied their rights as Kiwis to drive to the top of the maunga as they have been doing for a hundred years. It is one law for rich corporate race based barons and another law for the rest of us poor saps who are forced to line their increasingly bulging pockets.
Is it any wonder that only 29% of Kiwis think local government is doing a good job. The wonder to me is that the figure is that high. Local government continues to waste ratepayers’ money throughout the land, with few exceptions, while doing its best to single-handedly raise the rate of inflation with rates rises averaging 7%.
It’s no different for taxpayers. The Taxpayers’ Union has just slammed the Government for handing out $350,000 for race based corporate welfare in Rotorua.
'Corporate welfare at its very worst': Govt grant to iwi slammed by Taxpayers' Union The Taxpayers' Union has slammed a $350,000 grant to a Rotorua iwi to build a spa complex as "corporate welfare at its very worst".
Prime Minister John Key today announced the grant to Pukeroa Lakefront Holdings Ltd, a commercial arm of Ngati Whakaue.
"This is taxpayer money going to build a spa in Rotorua. That's not innovation, it's corporate welfare at its very worst," says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers' Union.
"The problem with these sorts of grants, is it allocates taxpayer money to the industries and regions favoured by politicians."
The grant documentation says that the aim of the project is to "reclaim Rotorua's historic role as New Zealand's Wellness Capital".
Mr Williams claims: "That is code for pulling tourism out of other regions to bolster a favoured business."