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Cats —or, Infrastructure spending, Council debt, and Disenfranchisement of Ratepayers

Council cat squad checking rego fees [supplied]

After the great floods, the common affliction amongst leaders, “water on the brain”.

█ The ‘thinking’ – DCC cat control remit for LGNZ AGM

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At Twitter:

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“There may be issues with cats but they also serve a useful purpose in controlling pests. The cat population doubled to two at my place last year, and we have more tui and bellbirds around than ever, as well as visits by kereru and eastern rosellas and fantails and waxeyes. The cats occasionally catch a bird but most often it is a sparrow or a thrush. But it looks like the Dunedin council and some others are keen on requiring the herding of cats. They kept as quiet as they could on cats during the local body elections, and now mid term they try to foist it on the public. Devious.” –Pete George at YourNZ

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Councils will now lobby the government to finish its National Cat Management strategy.

### radionz.co.nz 6:05 pm on 25 July 2017
RNZ News
Councils seek greater powers to control cats
By Michael Cropp – Wellington Local Government Reporter
The country’s councils are calling on the government to give them extra powers to protect wildlife from cats including microchipping, de-sexing and registration. Local bodies have the power to control dogs and their behaviour, but they only have jurisdiction over cats when they become a health risk. While the remit presented by Dunedin City Council at the meeting acknowledged the companion role of animals, it noted cats are a danger to wildlife. […] The controversial remit scraped through with just 51 percent of the vote at the Local Government New Zealand annual general meeting.
….Auckland mayor Phil Goff said his council abstained from the vote because it was not sure what it would mean for the 500,000 cats in the country’s largest city. “We are in favour of practical measures to protect native birdlife …. We’re not in favour of bureaucratic measures that might involve millions of dollars of council time and energy but doesn’t achieve the objectives that we set out to achieve,” Mr Goff said.
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More about ‘LGNZ The Blight’:

Local Government New Zealand – Media Release
Local government to debate four remits and elect new President at AGM
News type: National news | Published: 21 July 2017
The local government sector will voted on four issues when it gathers for its annual AGM in Auckland on Tuesday 25 July. There is a focus on litter legislation, local government funding, cat management and health in this year’s remits. The AGM follows this year’s LGNZ Conference, when over 600 delegates from local government and its stakeholders, industry and community will gather in Auckland for the two day event [23-25 July]. The theme of this year’s conference is Creating pathways to 2050: Liveable spaces and loveable places. Remits are voted on in a secret ballot and if passed will become official policy and be actioned by Local Government New Zealand. Local government will also be voting for a new LGNZ President to replace Lawrence Yule, who steps down after nine years in the role.
….National legislation to manage cats
The third remit was proposed by Dunedin City Council and asks that LGNZ lobby the Government to take legislative action as a matter of urgency to develop national legislation includes provision for cost recovery for cat management.
Throughout New Zealand councils are tasked with trying to promote responsible cat ownership and reduce their environmental impact on wildlife, including native birds and geckos.  Yet, territorial authority’s powers for cats are for minimising the impact on people’s health and wellbeing, and regional councils’ powers are restricted to destruction of feral cats as pests.  The remit seeks the protection of our wildlife and native species by seeking regulatory powers for cat control, including cat identification, cat de-sexing and responsible cat ownership.
….The LGNZ AGM is open to members only. Following the meeting, LGNZ will advise of the outcomes of all votes.
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Cat rangers and collars with bells on are some of the ideas Dunedin City Council wants to lobby Government for.

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated at 14:28, July 10 2017
Cat control: many Kiwi councils ready to lobby for national rules
By Libby Wilson
Councils around the country are looking to band together to rein in roaming moggies. Dunedin City Council has suggested its colleagues help it push the Government for national rules that could include cat rangers and shutting cats in overnight. Seven other councils around the country have given the idea, and its environmental focus, their backing ahead of a July vote at the Local Government New Zealand annual meeting.
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‘Vacuum of cat management policy and services in Dunedin’, local submission says.

### nzherald.co.nz 29 Jun, 2017 7:02am
Dunedin council proposes registration of cats in New Zealand
A Dunedin proposal that could result in the registration of cats in New Zealand will be discussed nationally. The proposal from the Dunedin City Council, in consultation with seven other councils, will next month go to a Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) vote. If it is successful, LGNZ would make it a policy, and begin lobbying the Government to have it made law. The proposal could see the Government called upon to develop legislation for cats similar to the Dog Control Act. It already has the support of the Otago Regional Council, one of 78 councils which will vote on the idea.
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### ODT Online Wed, 17 May 2017
DCC seeks support for cat control
The Dunedin City Council will seek support from other New Zealand councils to gain greater control of cat management. If additional support from councils was gained, a remit would ask Local Government New Zealand to call upon the Government to give councils statutory power to control cats. The DCC was researching a Wellington City Council bylaw on microchipping cats. However, the current bylaw could not be enforced by non-compliance fees. Cat management would focus on the control of wild cats.
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Oh christ !

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LGNZ is one of the most bureaucrat-ridden dopefests imaginable.
Each year LGNZ spells DOOM to New Zealand ratepayers.

Dear Lawrence, the Yule-tide LGNZ president, mighty fruitcake and plummiest of puddings, pumps the line: “Mayor Cull has tremendous experience….”

“Tremendous” has several meanings, each cast in very deep shadow.
Good grief. “Experience” might be life at DCC after Jinters.

By power of office, the mayor is responsible for the districts of Dunedin and Central Otago having a non-compliant EXTREMELY DANGEROUS POWER NETWORK. SECURITY OF SUPPLY is a novel idea. Further, the mayor is ‘religiously’ of the opinion that sea level is rising rapidly [scientific measurement shows this as patently untrue]. He vows that Climate Change is the reason South Dunedin flooded in June 2015, NOT his council’s abject failure to maintain STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE. Nope, the mayor has not been himself since Jinters. He is left shamelessly repeating his wrongful greenie “perceptions” to cleanse, it seems, the feet of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment – a worse custard of deceptive thinking and lack of practical governance cannot be imagined.
Makes the ears grow.

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Mayor Dave Cull appointed LGNZ Vice President

This item was published on 09 Dec 2016

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull has been appointed Vice President of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ). The appointment was made at today’s LGNZ National Council meeting. The National Council met for the first time this week to discuss priorities for the coming triennium. Mr Cull was appointed to the Vice President vacancy left by former Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy. Mr Cull will remain in the role until the LGNZ AGM in July 2017 when elections will be held for the President and Vice President roles. Mr Cull says, “I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to further represent the local government sector, particularly to central government on major issues such as the Local Government Amendment Bill [*weeps], managing water allocation [!!!] and climate change [wtf].” LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says the LGNZ National Council has had a refresh following the recent local elections and he’s thrilled with the quality of the new Council. “Mayor Cull has tremendous experience and will be an excellent Vice President,” Mr Yule says. LGNZ represents the national interests of councils in New Zealand and leads best practice in the local government sector.  It is governed by the LGNZ National Council, made up of 15 elected members from throughout New Zealand. Mr Cull has been on the LGNZ National Council since 2010, and recently was also elected as the Metro Sector Chair. More details about the new LGNZ National Council are available at www.lgnz.co.nz
Contact the Mayor of Dunedin on 03 477 4000.
DCC Link

LGNZ is one of the most bureaucrat-ridden dopefests imaginable.

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*Image: oar.org.nz – Cull snipped redrawn by whatifdunedi

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