Local body landscape will change for the worse

Last updated 11:01 14/11/2012

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The fog has finally lifted on Sir Geoffrey Palmer's ''independent'' panel on local government.

Clearly visible is a landscape that will change irrevocably for the worse.

At his final meeting in Upper Hutt (September 5) Sir Geoffrey faced a full house of locals, many of whom spoke passionately against Upper Hutt being part of a super-city.

Sir Geoffrey twitched nervously as ratepayers voiced their democratic right to refuse to be part of a super-city with all its unfairness.

Sir Geoffrey reminded his audience that whatever the outcome, the Government would have the final say.

I believe Sir Geoffrey Palmer was batting for John Key and the ACT Party.

We will witness our water supply being privatised, with foreign investment being the major stakeholder.

Our rates will fund infrastructure, but not of our choice.

Along the pot-holed road of Cave Creek, leaky buildings and Pike River, will super-city be another failure of inept government?


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- Upper Hutt Leader


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