Citizens fight back in New Plymouth against ratbag mayor

Politicians love to spend other peoples money and push their own agendas.

The idiot running the New Plymouth City Council wants to force maori representation on his ratepayers. And his idiot council voted to implement it.

But someone took exception and forced a referendum on the issue.

New Plymouth is to spend about $80,000 to conduct a poll over whether Maori should have an automatic right to a council seat.

The district council this week validated a petition calling for a binding citizens-initiated referendum on the establishment of a Maori ward and a ballot will be held in May.

Last year, the council voted 7-to-6 to establish a Maori ward at the local government elections in 2016. ?

A resident, Hugh Johnson, then organised a petition to force a referendum on the issue.

Mr Johnson says the issue is too important to leave to councillors alone.

“I believe we are one country and I believe in democracy. I believe there are changes to go on in local government in this sort of nature that people should have a say. Hence this referendum.”

The Mayor, Andrew Judd, said he would respect the result of the referendum but would continue to seek improved engagement with Maori regardless of its outcome.

Politicians have got to realise that they cannot ride roughshod over their ratepayers.

The referendum is likely to give the Mayor and his dead head supporters a resounding no.

 

– Radio NZ

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