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  • Andrew von Dadelszen

LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEW ZEALAND has banned dissenting voices from its annual conference

LGNZ made an incredibly ridiculous decision when it signed an MOU with Central Government over its support (or not) of the proposed Three Waters legislation. LGNZ Executive (without any consultation with its membership) agreed to not oppose the Three Waters reforms in return for a payment of $250,000. That decision caused a huge upset from its membership, and has badly splintered LGNZ. President Stuart Crosby has taken the brunt of the criticism, and put his re-election as Local Government President at huge risk.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Crosby and his executive have now banned the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union from attending the LGNZ Conference, which is currently being held in Palmerston North. LGNZ's silencing of the dissenting voice of ratepayers shows that despite what LGNZ says, they have little regard for genuine democracy.

The Taxpayers Union have advised its 180,000 subscribers of this, and notes that it a mockery of the LGNZ website that says: "Our vision is for Aotearoa New Zealand to be the most active and inclusive local democracy in the world."

Please note - I am not a member of the New Zealand Taxpayer's Union.


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