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Working out a divide between local councils

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

“I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it” said Basil Fawlty in the Fawlty Towers episode ‘The Germans'.

We had some German exchange students through work recently and, seeking to make them feel welcome, I told them I had German ancestry. “From where in Germany?” they asked. “Poland,” I said.

A couple of months ago I did a family history tour through Europe and went to my great-grandfather's village, Guben/Gubin; twin towns on the German/Polish border.

Of course, it was once deep inside Germany until they lost territory in the First and Second World Wars. Those who survived lost their homes and moved west to be replaced by Poles who, in turn, had lost their homes to the Russians further east.

Despite a fractious history and different languages, the towns are now planning joint sporting facilities and parks under the banner of a united Europe.

On the other side of the world, three councils are trying to do the same. We share the same language and people in many cases, but we struggle to follow the Guben/Gubin example.

In 2016, Tauranga City Council wrote to both the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council inviting them to co-locate with us in a new council building.

Who knows? We could have even shared a few staff and saved our ratepayers money. They both declined. Now we are talking about co-locating transport staff. I hope we do, as drivers don't notice boundaries. We shouldn't either.

Comments


Low Integrity at TCC

Posted on 10-04-2018 09:14 | By Reality_Check

Part of this will probably be around the inherent lack of integrity that exists at TCC. This integrity issue has been there in some form for a while and has become much worse with the new 2013 management. You will only be able to work with others when you appear to operate at the same level of integrity, be honest with others, and can show leadership. TCC, from what I have seen, including comments by councillors around the 40% rates increase, accept a failed leadership was necessary to have reached this juncture. When you start to understand this you will understand the issues ahead for TCC. TCC is an outlyer is deceptive with the truth, has many secret meetings to perpetutate this. They do not have a true desire to advance community outcomes. Failures everywhere.

Shame on TCC

Posted on 09-04-2018 18:27 | By Captain Sensible

Most of us have not a salary rise. Yet TCC want more and just take it. We are over taxed, with PAYE, GST, petrol tax, and then TCC want to steal more from us. We earn the money by working long hours in the real world and then get less than half after the incompetents have taken their bit. Shame on you and TCC.

Low Integrity at TCC

Posted on 09-04-2018 12:33 | By Reality_Check

Part of this will probably be around the inherent lack of integrity that exists at TCC. This integrity issue has been there in some form for a while and has become much worse with the new 2013 management. You will only be able to work with others when you appear to operate at the same level of integrity, be honest with others, and can show leadership. TCC, from what I have seen, including comments by councillors around the 40% rates increase, accept a failed leadership was necessary to have reached this juncture. When you start to understand this you will understand the issues ahead for TCC. TCC is an outlyer is deceptive with the truth, has many secret meetings to perpetutate this. They do not have a true desire to advance community outcomes. Failures everywhere.

should

Posted on 08-04-2018 21:17 | By Capt_Kaveman

be illegal to raise rates by that much i thought the law limit was no more then the rate of inflation + 5%

Yes indeed

Posted on 06-04-2018 11:30 | By Murray.Guy

Steve perhaps you could share the rationel for their refusals as what you say 'at face value' makes absolute sense. Personally I don't support combining the rate bill from the Regional Council with TCC as it appears the BOPRC subsequently escape the attention and accountability of many in our community. the BOPRC have stated an intention to increase their rate take significantly and this will likely most impact on Tauranga City Council.



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