But consultation with iwi is good for you, Sir Bob – and they have ideas to improve your designs too

September 20, 2014

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Aucklanders have long looked like a spineless bunch of tossers, more anxious to be politically correct than to stand up for their property rights against the outrageous demands of local authorities and the tangata whenua.

Or – and there is another way to look at this – Aucklanders recognise that some members of their community are special and should be allowed to dictate to them what they may and may not do.

These special citizens, of course, are the city’s indigenous persons who have increasingly been empowered to influence development decisions.

Auckland’s readiness to subject themselves to the demands of indigenous persons can be seen today in this report in the NZ Herald.

The article deals with an Auckland Council rule that requires building owners to seek iwi approval for work on their land.

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Pylons, property rights and a protracted process appropriated from the processors of good cheese

February 18, 2010

Alf has a great deal of sympathy with the farmers who look determined to block Transpower from their properties in South Canterbury.

It’s all about the bloody great pylons Transpower must plant and maintain on private properties so we can all get our electricity, plug in our PCs, read this blog, and so on.

Underpinning the stand-off, it seems, is a point of principle: Transpower wants to pay a one-off lump sum by way of compension for its use of private property. The farmers want an annual rental.

But the parties seem to be taking a helluva long time to reach an agreement.
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Power play in the Waikato – Steve Meier is not the only farmer Transpower must settle with

January 27, 2010

Alf sympathises with farmers in the Waikato who are warning that an $824 million pylon project due to start next month may lead to standoffs between farmers and Transpower.

He’s not so sure about Matangi farmer Steve Meier, who single-handedly seems to have kept thousands of people without power the other day because of his run-in with Transpower.

As the Herald reports today –

A fire in a shelterbelt of about 50 of Mr Meier’s pines on Monday, believed to have started when lines above them arced, cut power to more than 50,000 homes from Waikato to Cape Reinga.

When Alf first saw him on the TV news the other night, Meier looked decidedly bellicose – rabid, even.

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Shameful carry-on in Kaikohe

August 4, 2009

Don’t often feel sorry for Aussies (as should be evident from my previous posting).

That’s not so in the disgraceful case of Glenn Hannah, the bloke who bought a Kaikohe building in April but has yet to spend a day in it.
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