Wednesday, September 16, 2009

No special Auckland Council seats for Asians

Labour's Raymond Hup has drafted an amendment to create a special Asian board for the new Auckland Council.

I'm sure the Chinese, Korean, Indian and other Asian ethnic groups will be less than impressed that they are second class citizens in the eyes of Labour.

Apparently, in Labour's eyes, Maori deserve special council seats. But Asians should only get roles on an advisory board.

Labour shouldn't count on Asian voters support for some time yet.

10 comments:

Cactus Kate said...

Ridiculous if you view ratepayers as the priority as they pay for (cough) the Council. Look at home ownership of Asians in Akl vs "other ethnic groups" (cough)

Buggerlugs said...

Fuck me, we better have ones for chutney ferrets, the disabled, and that most endangered species, the realists...

WAKE UP said...
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WAKE UP said...

This is what happens when you studiously ignore the fact that one particular inventive, progressive forward-looking BRITISH culture actually (and misguidedly) created the oportunity for this ethnic bullshit to raise its retrogressive head in the first place...

It's time to re-dedicate to FIRST principles (i.e. to the Westminster democratic system that made us).

Psycho Milt said...

Look at home ownership of Asians in Akl vs "other ethnic groups"

Do landlords not include rates costs in the rent where you live, Kate? Every place I ever rented I effectively paid the rates on it even if my name wasn't on the bill.

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous if you view ratepayers as the priority as they pay for (cough) the Council.


Hell yeah - Cactus nails it as usual. It wasn't that long ago that no rates bill = no votes


COME ON RODNEY: YOU KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. NOW GET OFF YOUR ARSE AND DO IT



Ratepayer only franchise for the super-city!



Do landlords not include rates costs in the rent where you live, Kate?

of course they do - which is why I favour 1 vote per say 5,000 paid in rates.

Anonymous said...

The rates and rent argument is only partly appropriate. Rents are based on market forces, rates are based on what the council wants to take. Thus the impact of rates on rents don't have a direct correlation. They are a cost of business for property owners, but not one that is necessarily directly passed on to renters.

KG said...

Ah well--in National's eyes Maori are entitled to free home insulation in return for supporting even more taxes in the form of the ETS.
What's the difference between the two parties again?

Cactus Kate said...

PM,

So what happens if the owner of the house cannot rent it out? Or if you don't pay it? Or they decide to move in?

Oh that's right - landlords are liable as the owner of the house aren't they?

The logical extension of your argument is that you not only own the house, but can go see the bank manager and make decisions about the house because you "effectively" own the house because you help pay the mortgage as you pay rent.

Psycho Milt said...

Bollocks. If you're paying rent, you're paying rates - unless your landlord's a complete moron, that is. How many such morons are there really likely to be?