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Mar 26, 2024

What about if we have Oppose the Fast Track Bill, Threatening our Environment and Democracy

Double Jeopardy for Our Environment and Local Decision-Making: The Bill delivers a ruthless one-two gut-punch to Coromandel’s future. First, a clause dismantles the 26-year-old law passed by a previous National government, (strongly supported by TCDC) safeguarding Coromandel conservation forest land and our precious harbours and estuaries from mining. Countless people from Coromandel fought to win this protection, and 40,000 marched up Queen Street, Auckland in 2010 to successfully retain it. Second, another clause in the Bill trashes our local District Plan. Our Plan forged through decade…

Mar 5, 2024
Through the Portal

Healthy actions make for better Health Ministry outcomes

Unlike most years these have continued to be centre stage as our government proceeds at pace with its first 100-day program, basically a dismantling of a whole lot of the previous government’s ill thought out and costly initiatives. The dismantling that is centre stage as I write this is the closure of the Maori Health Authority (Te Aka Whai Ora), this being done by introduction of a bill with this purpose. What is unique about this bill is that the people leading the arguments from both sides are all Maori. On the socialist side we have Te Pati Maori, Marama Davidson for the Greens and W…

Feb 27, 2024
Local Government

From Mayor Len Salt on the Long-Term Plan

The LTP helps us answer questions such as: “What facilities and amenities should we be providing? What can we afford?” As a Council, we ask for the participation and feedback of our staff, elected members, iwi, other partners including government agencies, ratepayers and local communities, and decide on the best way to prioritise and fund them. The LTP has a 10-year-and-beyond timeframe, with detailed budgets and project priorities for the first three financial years. The LTP sets the rates and fees and charges. It’s reviewed every three financial years and a new LTP is produced. Council…

Feb 20, 2024
Local Government

Message from Hon Scott Simpson – MP For Coromandel

The damage done to local housing, roads, small businesses and to our daily lives has left a lasting mark on so many people. Sometimes the worst of situations brings out the best in people and communities. There was a lot of that during last year’s weather crisis turmoil. Looking back now, for me it is one of the most enduring memories as I saw so many examples of people, neighbours and communities working together to help each other out at a time of great need. In terms of politics, the parliamentary year is well underway and we’ve been making our way through our 100 Day Plan. This month…

Feb 6, 2024

Flying Israeli flag causes controversy

The 68-year-old former soldier has hoisted dozens of ensigns from different countries up the flagpole outside his house in Albert Street over the years, including the Palestinians’. But after what he describes as the “orgy of evil” carried out by Hamas terrorists three months ago on Israeli territory, there is now only one flag allowed to flutter in the breeze. “What we are doing is showing support for Israel because we don’t think that they are getting a lot of support from around the world,” said Garth, his wife Marilyn sitting by his side. When the couple talk about support, this is n…

Jan 23, 2024

Four billion votes – will it make any difference?

In a remarkable milestone in human history, over four billion people – more than half of the world’s population across more than 40 countries – will go to the polls. National elections will be held in the United States, India, Indonesia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Mexico, South Africa And The European Union.  More than 4 billion people are eligible to vote in an election in 2024. (Not all of the above are democracies). Is this democracy’s biggest test? Will any of these four billion votes make any monetary, financial and economic wealth difference…

Jan 23, 2024

Vocabulary sets the scene for political change.

“Anger can be an expensive luxury” – Italian Proverb None of us need to experience a behavioural pattern that demonstrates vileness. It has always been advocated that vulgarity is a poor way to express any point being made when expressing in English. English has a vast lexicon of words that are more encouraging and denigrating; and when used correctly can drive home the message meant to be sent and received. The downfall is often that the recipient does not have a clue what is being said to them. Humour teases us to find a way of expressing a thought or a message withou…

Jan 16, 2024

2023 record year for low emission vehicles.

With the Clean Car Discount scheme on the chopping block, December was the last chance for consumers wanting to take advantage of the previous Government’s financial handout.  The end result was a staggering 72.5% market share of the total registrations for the month going to the LEV corner.    In comparison but once again unsurprisingly, the Light Commercial sector took something of a beating with December registrations plummeting to a grand total of just 624 units, 63.9% lower (2,131 units) than December 2022 and 73.5% lower than December 2021.  The obvious reason for the dr…