The IMSB has tried over and over again to extort money by claiming any site they fancy has ‘cultural’ significance, despite providing no evidence to back up their claims. Sadly, they forced some hapless ratepayers into paying tens of thousands for flimsy pieces of paper called ‘Cultural Impact Assessments’ just so they could finally get a resource consent.
This rort was thrown out of the Auckland Unitary Plan. Since then Maori spent nearly $300,000 of ratepayers’ money taking Auckland Council to court. Maori, of course, never pay for anything themselves. The courts threw out the IMSB appeal.
The total cost to the ratepayer, who had to pay for both sides of the litigation, was close to a $1 miilion. The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has issued the following media release.
MĀORI STATUTORY BOARD’S $270K LEGAL BILL AN ABUSE OF PROCESS
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance says that the $273,431 legal bill for the Independent Māori Statutory Board’s failed legal challenge of the Unitary Plan is an abuse of process and the rights of ratepayers.
Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson, Jo Holmes, says, “The Independent Māori Statutory Board’s role is to ensure that the view of Māori in the Auckland region is taken into account when Auckland Council makes its decisions. Here, a very clear democratic decision was made by the Council but the IMSB wasted nearly $300,000 to try and overrule it.”
"What’s worse is that we understand it cost the Council more than half a million dollars to defend the appeal – a ridiculous situation where ratepayers are funding both sides of a totally unjustified exercise.”“The IMSB needs to be reined in. It needs to understand that it is a consultation body to assist the Council, not a co-governing body that trumps ratepayers’ right to democracy.”
NZ First is warning rate and taxpayers that huge legal bills will be coming their way given National’s racially based changes to the Resource Management Act.
"Lawyers are the only winners from National’s racially divisive RMA changes that will create a separate planning system," says New Zealand First and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.
"Sadly, given National’s RMA changes, we can expect Koha for Consents to be the norm.
"It is no wonder why rates are out of control and National’s kowtowing to the Maori Party will only ramp this pressure up more. That’s unless there is a major change of course come September," says Mr Peters.
The train is now travelling as fast as it can with ever more outrageous claims fuelled by appeasement that can never work. Only Winston Peters is prepared to tackle the growing threat to democracy…”unless there is a major change of course come September.”