Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I note with some amusement that the 'nice' Mr Little is seized with the fact that there appears to be a certain inconsistency over the declaration of a Civil Defence Emergency in the Taranaki/Wanganui/Rangitikei regions this weekend while Dunedin residents were left to fend for themselves in the flooding that effected more than 1,000 properties earlier this month.

Really Mr Little ... if you are touting yourself as a leader in waiting  then I would expect you would have at least a modicum of knowledge regarding responsibilities under the Civil Defence Act.    Clearly you need to bring yourself up to speed.   Once you do you will find that the primary responsibility for making a declaration (of a Civil Defence Emergency) rests with the local authority concerned with the Minister able to intervene if he/she thinks necessary.

So, what have we here?   Dunedin, with both its electorates held by Labour MPs; a Labour aligned Mayor and a 'left' leaning Council and none of them thought it necessary to make a declaration.   So just what is Mr Little on about?   Is it a 'backdoor' criticism of brand Labour in Dunedin or is it the mumbling of an essentially irrelevant person looking for a headline ... Colin Craig might give him some pointers on how to achieve that.


Noel said...

"a Labour aligned Mayor and a 'left' leaning Council and none of them thought it necessary to make a declaration."

Proves my point. Return to local body elections with those standing have the interests of their fellow ratepayers at heart above all else.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... not sure it proves any point. I suspect all Councillors would argue they have the interests of the ratepayers at heart ... albeit from differing perspectives. The notion of independent Councillors somehow all agreeing on common cause is fine in theory but not in practice simply because people are people and what may be important to some may not be so important to others.

I'm not sure that 'left' vs 'right' groupings on councils, where such groupings exist, caucus in the some way as political parties do in parliament. There is a greater cross-over of ideas and interests and ad hoc alliances formed with a touch of parish pump politics to boot evident in TLA decision making.

But I don't accept that it is legitimate of elected representatives to wimp out of the decision making process on major matters such as the setting of rates.