This week's poll asks:
Do you believe that local government is in urgent need of reform?
*Councils should be employing staff, from CEO down, with the education and complementary skills to perform all the Councils basic tasks and responsibilities. Get that right and they would not need 'consultants' or 'experts'.
Most successful businesses succeed by selecting the right people for the right job and do most of their work and decision making 'in-house'. Its time for them to get back to the basics. rewarding themselves. Vic
*We, the people, have lost control of those we have elected to administer the businesses of government and councils. Until we regain control, we will have to suffer the ignominy of dictatorship by those whom we have elected and employ. Malcolm
*Time they forgot their EGOS and thought about how people are going to pat for their grandiose plans. Judith
*One of the issues that local councils have little, or any understanding of is their citizen's ability to meet the ever increasing household costs. Murray
*Being forced too comply with existing law would be a start. Peter
*The sooner the better. Royce
*The basic tenet on which local councils were founded has morphed into something similar to the enforcement gangs of vaious triads. John
*I am disgusted about chch where the mayor she the tall and broken building were to be down before September but both the councilors did not want that so they squabbled about it and government decisions cause EQc to give all the contracts to Fatchers. so we await now the decicion for goverment to put chch into receiveship so people can leave their home and go to Australia to vote in Rudd in the next election!!! Rawiri
*Local Authority Reform is indeed urgent if what ever is worthwhile in our civilization is to survive so I am happy to give whatever support my very limited resources will allow.
To be effective a reform movement will have to be all encompassing and include a rejection of the irrational that underpins the growth of Local Authority authority.
This includes the fascisms of iwism, global warming, development levees and restrictions, the education system, the health system, the welfare system, the tax system, safety cultists, petrol taxes, roading, licensing fees and all the rules, regs and laws that abrogate the freedom of the individual, private property rights and allow govt and its minions to clip the tickets to the point where the individual is enslaved.
I suggest that a template for a successful reform movement can be seen in the US republican primary campaign of Ron Paul. His message emphasizes freedom, has attracted significant numbers of dedicated young supporters and is forcing his opposition to adopt his policies. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few months. Michael
*Wastage and burgeoning costs are simply unsustainable. Jerry
*Kapiti has become completely out of hand, something has to be done and quickly. Roy
*As a start point, bring back the original titles for unelected staff. They are not a business despite their whining. Helen Clarks general competence has turned into general incompetence. Graham
*Costs are spiralling out of control. The local councils are duplicating Central Government's job. Glenn
*Local govt definitely needs reform, in fact it needs something medicinal for such a serious illness! Go NZCPR. Alison
*EQUAL Hours of physical and mentally challenging WORK whether it is from the Small Self Employed Business or from Local or Central Government should be an equal PAY. Not the grossly unfair inequality that is being dished out at the moment.,EQUAL OUTPUT = EQUAL OUTPUT. Sandra
*Has been urgent for more years than I wish to remember. JOHN
*Local government has become tied up with its own bureaucracy and sense of self importance!
They need to listen more!
They need to do more!
They need to be less self serving! Andy