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Dunedin City moves to three-ward system

LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION
MANA KĀWANATANGA Ā ROHE

Determination of representation arrangements to apply for the election of the Dunedin City Council to be held on 9 October 2010

Download:
1980346DA – Doc1 (Word document, dated 26 March 2010; 12 pages)

Go to item 40. for the Commission’s Determination.

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THINK HARD

Does the determination lead to Dunedin residents having their democratic rights eroded as the Dunedin City Council adopts — or is forced by central government to adopt — council-controlled organisations (CCOs) for governance of council activities and finance, including the stewardship of council-held community assets?

As mentioned at What if? recently, there will be a vicious substantial loss of democracy for residents in the Auckland super-city. Dunedin City is not immune. The bulldozing through of the Otago stadium project gives us a strong basis for suspicion.

The October elections may land us in a heap of worse trouble. Starry-eyed idealists baying for a clearance of all existing councillors have to open their minds a little more. The devil(s) we know…

Residents must do their research, nominate strong election candidates, exercise their voting rights, and avoid burying heads in sand thinking they have no critical interest or responsibility in the affairs of community and local government.

Look where the shifting sands got us. A quaint place of darkness and flipflops, awash with sharp shells and bloodied feet: non transparent corporate behaviour from Dunedin City Council.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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