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VOTING IN THE
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The second question asks which of
four other voting systems you would
choose if New Zealand decides to
change from MMP. You'll find out more
about them at www.elections.org.nz
On the Referendum paper, there are
two questions to answer. The first
is whether you think New Zealand
should keep MMP, or change to
another voting system.
At this year's General Election, there's
a referendum on our voting system.
So when you go to vote, along with
your orange ballot paper for the
General Election, you'll get a purple
Referendum one too.
If we vote for a change of system,
Parliament will decide if there
is another referendum in 2014
to choose between MMP and the
most popular alternative.
If we vote to keep MMP, there
will be an independent review
to assess if there should be any
changes to the way it works.
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06 833 7443, 74 Tennyson Street, or
PO Box 222, Napier.
I refer to Bill Sutton s latest diatribe
(November 2) against A Better Hawke s
Bay group and their ongoing campaign
promoting a comprehensive, independent
study to enhance the performance of the
In particular, he labels the writer as
being responsible for the payment and
authorisation of advertisements in our
local papers which promote the aims of the
group s members, which currently exceed
Nothing could be further from the truth.
I am only one of the dozens of local
residents and businesses who are
financially assisting the campaign.
Further, a committee of 12 authorises the
advertisements he complains of.
As campaign chair of the Napier Labour
electorate, it is a pity that Mr Sutton has
resorted to claiming he knows which
political party I am a member of.
In fact, I am a member of no political
He is correct, however, when he notes
that our local governance structure is
important, as it protects citizens against
abuses of power.
Nothing abuses power more than
deliberate misinformation. In the
ratepayer-funded publication Proudly
Napier, it is baldly stated that Napier debt
stands at $4 million -- not increasing ,
when in fact the council-approved Ten
Year Plan (page 40) shows Gross Public
Debt for the year 2011-12 to be over $77
Mr Sutton should, with his interest in
transparency, join our group online at
www.abetterhawkesbay.co.nz to ensure
the region undertakes an independent
study to enhance our performance instead
of having it languish at the bottom of the
heap as it has done over the past decade,
along with Northland and Gisborne.
Although it costs nothing to join, I will
not be holding my breath.
John J Harrison
Napier City Council corporate services
manager Fiona Green replies:
Napier City Council s Annual Report as
at June 30, 2011 -- which was fully audited
and which received an unqualified audit
report -- clearly states that debt owed by
council, to other parties, is $4 million at
June 30, 2011. The Long Term Council
Community Plan for 2009-10 -- 2018-19,
also audited and also with a clear audit
report, forecast debt owed by council to be
$9.4 million at June 30, 2011.
This figure was later revised in the
2010-11 Annual Plan to $7.9 million. The
Long Term Plan produced, consulted on
with the Napier community and adopted
by council for 2009-10 to 2018-19, forecast
council s debt owed to other parties to
peak, for the 10-year forecast in 2011-12 at
$20.5 million. The 2011-12 adopted
Annual Plan revised the 2011-12 debt
levels, money owed to other parties, to $4
The amount of $77 million (refer page 40
of Napier City Council Long Term Council
Community Plan) refers to the
accumulated value of items proposed to be
loan-funded in the capital plan, included
in the Long Term Plan and prior plans as
at June 30, 2012.
Council, prudently, checks that these
items approved as funded from loans do
not exceed the limits imposed by council s
own Liability Management Policy. This is
clearly stated on the graph shown on page
40 of the Long Term Council Community
Plan. It must also be noted that this plan
was adopted in June 2009, and has since
been revised in two subsequent plans, ie
2010-11 Annual Plan and 2011-12 Annual
I d like to let Bill Sutton know a few home
truths about the people who are signing up
to seek A Better Hawke s Bay.
They aren t former councillors, and the
overwhelming majority aren t wealthy.
All of them knew that their names
would form part of the advertising. Not
one, to my knowledge, has disowned the
cause because their name was published.
Less than a handful will be members of
the ACT Party, whose 1 per cent poll
support is completely irrelevant to this
Many will take Mr Sutton s claim of
shrewd, capable and democratic
leadership in Napier with a hefty sack of
salt, given Mayor Arnott s attempts to
head off an independent study that might
render her unemployed.
And when Mr Sutton talks about local
governance protecting citizens against
abuses of power, he has obviously
forgotten what Labour s David Cunliffe
did to our democratically elected District
In Mr Sutton s rant, we again see
opponents of the campaign resorting to
cheap personal attacks as a substitute for
All aboard!: Sail n' Sizzle, a fundraiser for the
Friends of Marineland, will be held on Sunday,
November 13. Mini cruises on the Bluewater
Hotel flagship Golden Eagle will take place on the
hour from 11am. Prices are $15 adult and $10 for
children, with family passes available.
Everyone who takes a cruise will automatically go
into a draw to win a night's accommodation at the
Quality Inn on Marine Parade. For individual and
group bookings please phone Sue on 843 5455
or email email@example.com.
Friends of Marineland rangers pictured preparing
to sail are, from left, Chianne Lyford-Shields,
Brianna Otto, Amelia Otto and Zarah Otto.
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