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Free speech blocked at Nelson library

Monday, 16 April 2018, 1:26 pm | Democracy Action

Free speech blocked at Nelson library 16 April 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Democracy Action is condemning Nelson City Council and the city library’s decision to withdraw speaking permissions for a public talk on the Treaty of Waitangi by Bruce Moon. Democracy ... More >>

LGNZ’s referenda stance serves politicians over people

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 3:50 pm | Democracy Action

In response to Local Government New Zealand’s recent call for changes to Māori wards legislation , Democracy Action founder Lee Short says, “Local Government New Zealand is supposed to be about protecting and enhancing local democracy, but ... More >>

Serious misconduct at Horowhenua District Council

Monday, 17 July 2017, 1:29 pm | Democracy Action

Serious misconduct at Horowhenua District Council - CEO must resign 17 May 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pro-democracy lobby group, Democracy Action, says that details reported by Radio New Zealand this morning, which allege Horowhenua District Council ... More >>

Binding referenda on Maori seats welcomed

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 5:30 pm | Democracy Action

Binding referenda on Maori seats welcomed 17 May 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pro-democracy lobby group, Democracy Action, welcome New Zealand First’s commitment to hold a binding referendum on the retention of Parliament’s Maori Seats, should the Party ... More >>

Auckland Council process undemocratic

Friday, 31 March 2017, 2:01 pm | Democracy Action

Pro-democracy group, Democracy Action, says the process in which Auckland Council has consulted on its Annual Plan is flawed and undemocratic, with public participation and oral submissions being shunted down to local boards, when it is Councillors who ... More >>

Payments for Auckland Council CIAs should be refunded

Friday, 10 March 2017, 4:57 pm | Democracy Action

Pro-democracy group, Democracy Action , says the High Court's dismissal this week of the appeal by the Independent Maori Statutory Board against the decision by Auckland Councillors to accept the Independent Hearings Panel’s recommendation to remove ... More >>

Proposed changes to RMA discriminatory and unfair

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 4:19 pm | Democracy Action

The Local Government and Environment Select Committee report on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, which was released on Monday, includes changes to the Resource Management Act which are undemocratic and would weaken the role of local government, says Democracy ... More >>

Hauraki Gulf Forum dysfunctional

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:12 pm | Democracy Action

The ongoing divisions and infighting within the Hauraki Gulf Forum need to stop if the group has any hope in protecting and enhancing the Hauraki Gulf, says pro-democracy group Democracy Action. The first meeting of the newly constituted Forum on Monday ... More >>

Council Confirm Removal of Mana Whenua Overlay

Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 5:32 pm | Democracy Action

After 18 months of hard work by hundreds of members and supporters, Democracy Action is celebrating Auckland Council’s decision to accept the recommendations of the Independent Hearings Panel to remove all of the Mana Whenua provisions from Auckland’s ... More >>

Democratic Decision-Making Welcomed

Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 1:00 pm | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is welcoming this morning’s decision by Auckland Council to send the Unitary Plan straight to the Governing Body for consideration, avoiding unelected Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) members from voting on Unitary Plan decisions. More >>

Democracy Action Demands Solid Evidence From Council

Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 11:46 am | Democracy Action

9 AUGUST 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to the report released yesterday by Auckland Council officersrecommending that the Council's Development Committee reject the Independent Hearings Panel's recommendation that the remaining 2,213 Sites and ... More >>

Unitary Plan Committee Delegation Risks Legal Challenge

Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 11:22 am | Democracy Action

Auckland Council’s decision last Thursday to delegate the first round of decisions relating to the recommendations of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel to the Auckland Development Committee is inconsistent with legal advice previously ... More >>

Common Sense Prevails in Auckland

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:52 pm | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is applauding the recommendations of the Independent Hearings Panel to delete Cultural Impact Assessment requirements, and the scheduled “sites of value” from the Auckland Unitary Plan. More >>

Unitary Plan Vote Could Be Constitutional Disgrace

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 11:41 am | Democracy Action

It would be a constitutional disgrace if Auckland Council delegated the adoption of the Unitary Plan to its Development Committee. According to an NBR report the Council is considering delegating the decisions to its Development Committee, which ... More >>

Masterton Must Hold Referendum

Friday, 3 June 2016, 12:27 pm | Democracy Action

In response to members of Masterton District Council rejecting a motion to delay the appointment of unelected iwi representatives to two of its standing committees Democracy Action Chair Lee Short says: More >>

'Racist' Rhetoric Called Out

Monday, 16 May 2016, 12:04 pm | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is calling out New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd and members of the media, for labelling those who stand for equality before the law as ‘racist’. More >>

Masterton Perverts Democracy with Unelected Appointments

Friday, 6 May 2016, 9:58 am | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is deeply concerned by Masterton District Council’s move to appoint representatives of Wairarapa’s two iwi to the Council with full voting rights on its policy and finance, and audit and risk, committees. Democracy Action Chairman, ... More >>

Flavell's Petition: Serious Departure From Democracy

Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 10:39 am | Democracy Action

In response to Maori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell’s call for mandatory Maori wards on every district council in New Zealand, Democracy Action Chair Lee Short says: More >>

Council Move Undemocratic

Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 5:00 pm | Democracy Action

Responding to the news that Auckland Council has sought to appeal the decision of last week, where Councillors voted to oppose changes to housing density regulations, Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says: More >>

Win for Democracy

Thursday, 25 February 2016, 9:55 am | Democracy Action

Reacting to this evening’s vote by the Auckland Council to quash the decision of a Council committee to change the Unitary Plan’s intensification rules, pro democracy group Democracy Action Chairperson Lee Short says: More >>



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