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Judith has attracted my interest. The $31bn is over 10 years apparently and it will take that long IF she doesn't cancel the RMA gravy train. There will be a lot of very expensive consultants, lawyers

The rebuild of the National party should probably start with a meet and greet evening where they all stand up and introduce themselves to each other. Like hi, I'm Paul Goldsmith and I have no maori an

You sound irritated. Did you not get your dose of Mike Hoskin today? I get my news from crew.org, its the only place to go isn't it?  Don't watch TV, don't listen to radio news. What is a ne

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10 hours ago, marinheiro said:

While JC has been in politics for some time (since 2002), she has had a successful career previously and is highly qualified. From Wikipedia

 In 1977 and 1978 she studied at the University of Canterbury. In 1979 she switched to the University of Auckland, and obtained first an LLB and then a LLM (Hons) and later a Master of Taxation Studies (MTaxS). 

After leaving university, she worked as a lawyer, specialising in employment, property, commercial, and tax law. She worked as a solicitor for four different firms between 1981 and 1990, and then became principal of her own firm, Judith Collins & Associates (1990–2000). In the last two years before election to Parliament, she worked as special counsel for Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (2000–2002).[7][failed verification]

She was active in legal associations, and was President of the Auckland District Law Society (1998–1999) and Vice-President of the New Zealand Law Society (1999–2000). She served as chairperson of the Casino Control Authority (1999–2002) and was a director of Housing New Zealand Limited (1999–2001)

Compare this to Cindy who had achieved very little and was always living off the taxpayer somewhere up until being selected by Winston, and speaking of career politicians......

JC being the Nats leader is certainly going to liven up the election, Cindy is already showing signs of going into hiding and watching JC sort out the media twits is like watching a cat toying with a mouse.

Once again the old saying "a week is a long time in politics" comes to mind.

Collins was a Lawyer huh.  I trust her even less now.

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21 hours ago, armchairadmiral said:

Judith has attracted my interest. The $31bn is over 10 years apparently and it will take that long IF she doesn't cancel the RMA gravy train. There will be a lot of very expensive consultants, lawyers and Environment Court parasites put out of business. That in itself will on its own warrant a vote for her.John Key said during his reign that RMA was killing NZ but then he needed the Maori Party so he backed off. But then we may need ACT to keep JC on the straight and narrow. Certainly she's put National back on the radar & a lot of NZ1 voters from last time will go for her style. Winnie's a gonna... the rabbit he will pull out of the hat this time will be a stale marshmallow one left over from last Easter

Good to see you are interested in good old Socialist policies like Big Government and Big Spending!

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RMA -- sure, while the Labour party drafted the bill, what many people forget - it was the Nats that PASSED THE GODAMNNED BILL INTO LAW!!

"Drafted by former Labour Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer in the late 1980s as enabling legislation to replace the prescriptive Town and Country Planning Act, it was passed into law by Jim Bolger's National Government in 1991 LAW."
https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-opinion/opinion-rma-one-nz’s-worst-pieces-legislation#:~:text=Drafted by former Labour Prime,Bolger's National Government in 1991.

 

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12 hours ago, splat said:

No way should the government be dropping any money into any Council.

Any slow down in terms of their already budgeted expenditure has signiificant and long lasting negative effects on the wider economy and recovery.

I agree with your last point here splat, and that is the 100% driver for me wanting cash direct to the councils.

But I don't understand your point, in that your first statement says no to Council's, then you say there is a very good reason we need to give Council's cash. Unless I've miss understood you?

I agree Concils are a shambles. But they have a long long list of jobs ready to go. They have stopped their capital works progammes, mid programme. Govt don't have shovel ready jobs, despite the BS they say, they have headline grabbing jobs. The Councils jobs aren't sexy or headline grabing, I'm talking 200m of wastewater pipe renewal here, large concrete tank for storing water in there, road re-sealing over there etc. Not sexy, but putting cash and work into our communities. And right now, that is all on stop, for lack of cash, which the govt has.

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Hey Z. Re read my post. You are way off with that twist or perhaps you are being mischievous ? As for dropping $$$ on Councils. Local Govt   should have been canned in 1989 wien the 'new' LG Act was bought in. Won't go in to the options here as its off topic. But its become more monopolistic, empiracal ,fat and lazy. The bureaucrats run the show, councillors are redundant and in many cases stupid. The reason its been kept going in its present form by successive Govts. is it's such a convenient place to shift all unpopular issues such as Gaming , Prostitution , Dogs, Trees, Fluoride and a plethora of others....all mostly at Ratepayers expense. As I posted previously there's one Councillor  'elected' to BOP Regional Council. He's 18/19 & couldn't get a job so he put in a nomination .No one else stood to make up the numbers so he's in. Making million $$ decisions for ratepayers to pay. Oh joy. Paid around $60k  I understand

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1 hour ago, Fish said:

I agree with your last point here splat, and that is the 100% driver for me wanting cash direct to the councils.

But I don't understand your point, in that your first statement says no to Council's, then you say there is a very good reason we need to give Council's cash. Unless I've miss understood you?

I agree Concils are a shambles. But they have a long long list of jobs ready to go. They have stopped their capital works progammes, mid programme. Govt don't have shovel ready jobs, despite the BS they say, they have headline grabbing jobs. The Councils jobs aren't sexy or headline grabing, I'm talking 200m of wastewater pipe renewal here, large concrete tank for storing water in there, road re-sealing over there etc. Not sexy, but putting cash and work into our communities. And right now, that is all on stop, for lack of cash, which the govt has.

There isn't a lack of cash...there is the illusion of a lack of cash.  Already budgeted works are not being commenced through fear and in action by key council staff. Councils are stopping the flow of work into their communities citing no funds yet the staff headcount remains the same...there is no consequence from covid 19 for any council employee and therefore no drivers or incentives for them to act to complete any procurement process.  There is simply no drivers for them to do anything...head in the sand. You might think i'm cynical but I'm yet to find any other valid reason for their behaviour and the consequent increased instability, non performance and grotesque wastage in council delivery.

In short...service level decreasing...staff number, wage bill static or growing...delivery stopped or declining...your rates increasing at a rate well beyond inflation...in no way should the government be giving them any more money than was normal central government funding pre covid 19.  The money they have needs to be spent at the planned LTP rate not simply oh no covid 19 is the reason the Councils' budget is impacted....it is simply bullshit.

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Its too ingrained; I don't see crusher managing it.

There is simply no drivers for them to do anything...head in the sand. You might think i'm cynical but I'm yet to find any other valid reason for their behaviour and the consequent increased instability, non performance and grotesque wastage in council delivery."

No competition so need to bother.Everything council does is not cost effective for that very reason. Some what simplistic.

They want the power to demand the revenue, so naturally  there are full time people draughting "conditions that must be met"  to charge for.

Consequently, Its self-perpetuating. Its a roadblock industry to subvert production.

From a segment of the population that is deficient of creative brain matter and a will to get things done. Amongst other things.

And, they inbreed with OSH...... & MBIE to some extent.

It would be more efficient to pay them to do nothing, than current output.

Yeah, somewhat uncharitable, but then I have to deal with these automatons regularly.

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I have projects cancelled because client wasn't willing to waste 15% of project cost on somebody the council can

lessen their hypothetical "work"  with, & pin the blame on ,  if a complaint/problem  arises.

As a monitor they have failed, as a restrictor valve they work. Which infers skill deficiency.

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