When is local not local?

Most ratepayers want their local councils to sort out the water, the sewage, the potholes and berms etc. You know, the LOCAL stuff that they are empowered to provide and manage under the Local Government Act.

However, get a bunch of them together on a ratepayer-funded junket and all bets are off.? Along with all the other items brought to their attention, the attendees decided that they should save the world.

Remit:??L.G.N.Z call on the central government to establish a Climate Change Adaptation Fund to improve local level and community participation in responding to climate change. Quote.

The impacts of climate change will be experienced New Zealand-wide with increased frequency and intensity of extreme events such as flooding, droughts, and increased coastal inundation. Over the past year this has been felt particularly keenly by local government in coastal areas. Adaptation to climate change is a necessary and ongoing process for decisions relating to infrastructure, urban development, biodiversity and land and water management and the cost and affordability of adaptation for communities, businesses and councils is a significant issue.? Passed 92%. End of quote.

Coastal erosion is simply coastal erosion, it is not climate change. If the road was built a bit low in the past and the king tides now wash over it, then that is a local problem. Why should the long-suffering taxpayer in Central Otago pick up the Auckland ratepayers’ bill for lifting Tamaki Drive, for example?

Remit:? L.G.N.Z encourages the government to investigate options to support the use of biodiesel, such as financial incentives; tax offsets; subsidies to biodiesel manufacturers; and/or subsidies to renewable fuel manufacturers; and/or subsidies at the pump, in order to support the valuable New Zealand industries developing alternative and low carbon fuels. Quote.

With the decrease of global oil prices the price councils now pay for diesel is substantially lower than the price of alternative fuels, such as biodiesel. While the lower cost of diesel is beneficial to councils and other consumers in the short- to medium-term, it is at the expense of the development of alternative fuels and associated technologies, and is acting against councils? activities in other areas to reduce emissions.? Passed 79%. End of quote.

If biodiesel is not economical as determined by the market forces then let it die quietly.? Why should the taxpayer subsidise an uneconomical product?

Remit: L.G.N.Z to advocate to the central government to urgently develop and implement a plan to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags and plastic straws and that L.G.N.Z encourages its members to take steps to phase out the use of single-use plastic bags and straws at council facilities and events. Quote.

The extent of the issues posed by single-use plastic bags and plastic straws is such that a multi-pronged approach is required from central government, local councils, and citizens to limit the use of single-use plastics and promote responsible recycling.? Passed 95%. End of quote.

“To phase out the use of single-use plastic bags and straws at council facilities and events.“? Wow, just wow!? Think of all the turtles we just saved!

Remit:??L.G.N.Z advocate to all major banks that they transition away from investments in fossil fuel industries and consider opportunities for long-term investments in low- or zero-carbon energy systems. Quote.

The remit was designed to reinforce the Local Government Leaders? Climate Change Declaration 2017, which advocated that ?A clear and consistent pathway toward a low carbon and resilient future needs to provide certainty for successive governments, businesses and communities to enable transformative decisions and investments to be made over time.? End of quote.

Fortunately for us all, following vigorous debate, the remit was narrowly lost by 50 percent to 45, with 5 percent abstaining. A remit requires 51 percent or more to pass.

Where do these people get off?

What business is it of local government to be telling banks what they can and cannot invest in?? Banks are tasked with making a return for their shareholders, not saving the planet.

Local government is tasked with providing?services such as?network infrastructure; public transport services; solid waste collection and disposal; and libraries, museums, reserves, and other recreational facilities and community amenities not stopping climate change.