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Tauranga Ratepayers’ Alliance launched

Keith Allum, back left, Steve Morris, Matthew Gill, Philip Brown, Kelvin Clout and Greg Brownless, Dawn Kiddie, front left, Jan Wilson, Kim Williams and Carolynne Shaw. Photo: Supplied.

A new ratepayers’ organisation is being launched in Tauranga.

The Tauranga Ratepayers’ Alliance aims to be a city-wide voice to champion a better deal and more transparency for Tauranga ratepayers.

“We are a combined initiative of local residents, chairs and former chairs of Ratepayers’ Associations, civic leaders, and local members of the Taxpayers’ Union, who have formed the new Ratepayers’ Alliance in response to the appointment of unelected commissioners in place of elected councillors,” says Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson Dawn Kiddie.

Commissioners Anne Tolley, Bill Wasley, Stephen Selwood and Shadrach Rolleston were appointed in place of elected council members following an independent review in November 2020.

The review identified significant governance problems within the council, and in December 2020, Minister Nanaia Mahuta made the decision to appoint a commission to the council. Read more here.

In a statement released by the Tauranga Ratepayers’ Alliance this week, Dawn Kiddie, an elected council member, says there is growing discontent with decisions taken by Commissioners.

She says ratepayers feel they have no control over.

“The Ratepayers’ Alliance will stand up against Tauranga City Council’s wasteful spending, poor financial management, and the unprecedented rates increase.”

New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Co-founder Jordan Williams says over the last few months, the Taxpayers' Union has been approached by numerous Tauranga supporters calling for a dedicated voice for fiscal prudence, and transparency.

“Without recourse to elections to kick the decision-makers out, a strong voice for ratepayers is more important than ever.”

If you are a Tauranga resident or ratepayer, you are encouraged to join for free at www.taurangaratepayers.nz, or at the launch event on Wednesday, May 26, at Club Mount Maunganui from 5.30pm, with keynote speaker Simon Bridges and MC Peter Williams.

Who is behind the Ratepayers’ Alliance?
The Tauranga Ratepayers’ Alliance is a joint initiative of local residents, chairs and former chairs of ratepayers associations, civic leaders, and local members of the Taxpayers’ Union. The current Steering Group consists of: Keith Allum, Philip Brown, Greg Brownless, Kelvin Clout, Matthew Gill, Andrew Hollis, Dawn Kiddie, Ron Melville, Steve Morris, Michael O’Neil, Carolynne Shaw, Ben Sokimi, Kim Williams, Jan Wilson.

What are the objectives of the Ratepayers’ Alliance?
The alliance stands for reasonable rates, sensible spending, and more transparency. We want to ensure that notwithstanding the lack of elected council officials, the Commissioners are accountable to local residents and ratepayers.

Who funds the Tauranga Ratepayers’ Alliance?
This initiative is being funded by crowd funding. Like the Taxpayers’ Union, and Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, the vast majority of funding is likely to come from small dollar donations. The Taxpayers’ Union is providing much of the seed funding for this new Tauranga initiative.

Who can join?
Membership is free and open to all Tauranga residents and ratepayers who share the Ratepayers’ Alliance’s vision of a prosperous and affordable Tauranga with transparent and accountable City Council.

How can residents and ratepayers become involved?
The best way to join and/or volunteer is via our website: www.taurangaratepayers.nz

 

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@ Bruce D

Posted on 05-05-2021 15:16 | By

Actually you haven’t quite got the picture right. It started well before Col.Tenby Powell’s days. Unfortunately he’s copped the brunt of it all as he was there at the helm when Tauranga finally totally bellyed up. Just these people aren’t big enough to stand up and say ’hey I screwed up ’ but are happy to sit back watching others take the blame for their mismanagement and p.ss poor leadership. As morepork so aptly states, these people had their chance. There’s plenty of fruit picking jobs for them . . . or are they too above that?

Council

Posted on 04-05-2021 22:33 | By bruce.deirdre@xtra.co.nz

I believe we only have one person to blame for the Commisioners appointments, there was a resignation and no time for a settling period. Typical army wallah....’my way or the highway’...

Not Representative

Posted on 04-05-2021 19:41 | By

Not much support from here when a group of disgruntled non-performers try to revisit the past. Where is the forward thinking and innovative skills that we desperately needed over the last 20 years? New blood needed, not retrospective thinking. Sorry, cant support you as a group.

Time’s up!

Posted on 04-05-2021 13:52 | By

These are people who cannot comprehend that they had their chance do good for the city but blew it. Go away and stay away! Because of their inflated egos they caused council mayhem.

Good Luck!

Posted on 04-05-2021 13:08 | By morepork

It is unlikely that you will be able to actually DO anything but at least the knowledge that an organized group of people are watching, may give some of the idiotic policy makers, pause...

Chameleons

Posted on 04-05-2021 12:39 | By gincat

Councillors now changing their spots. A lobby group formed to express concerns about how the Commissioners are running the city. "Stand up against wasteful spending" cracks me up. Cr Morris, Kiddie ,Clout, Hollis were knee deep in wasteful spending. As for listening to ratepayers concerns, well that’s another isssue

You’ve got to be joking!

Posted on 04-05-2021 12:23 | By

Most of the named people are the very people who created the mess we are currently in! Now they want to be watchdogs for the appointed Commissioners? The mind boggles at the gall of these people.

First Job

Posted on 04-05-2021 12:20 | By First Responder

Your first commission is to stop Cameron road from being altered. Put the 45 million to Turret Road. Do not widen Turret Road, but redirect the road so it goes from the bridge, around the back of the housing, and comes out at Burrows Street. Turret road will become a nice reserve under the Pohutakawa trees.

Hmmm

Posted on 04-05-2021 12:10 | By

Ever since the Labour Party deserted the blue collar working population in favour of the non-working population, i have been very dubious about unions and collectives. But with the way ratepayers are being talked down to and bullied into paying for ridiculous infrastructure changes and developments, with no recourse to debate or challenge the autocratic decision making, I might consider supporting this movement, until such time as it’s overrun by the luvvies and the left.