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Council Looking To Outsource Key Environmental Functions To Iwi

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 11:03 am | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is criticising the Waikato Regional Council’s proposal to outsource monitoring of the waters in and around Lake Taupō to the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board. Spokesperson Lee Short said: “This environmental work is absolutely a core ... More >>

Labour Boasts Illegal Roadblocks Were "Well Supported By Government"

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 1:42 pm | Democracy Action

Two Labour Members of Parliament have confirmed the claim by Democracy Action that the Government and Police condone illegal iwi roadblocks on public roads. Tamati Coffey (Labour – Waiariki) and Kiri Allan (Labour – List MP living in the East ... More >>

NZ First praised for rejecting Māori seat entrenchment

Friday, 13 December 2019, 4:18 pm | Democracy Action

Pro-democracy lobby group Democracy Action welcome New Zealand First’s commitment to hold firm rejecting the Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene’s bill to entrench the Māori seats. The Bill, which would require any changes to the seats to require the ... More >>

Retention of referenda for Māori wards

Friday, 6 December 2019, 10:29 am | Democracy Action

The Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta has announced changes to prevent Māori wards being voted down by referendums are off the table, saying she believes such a change is not possible within the coalition. More >>

Appointing iwi representatives an attack on democracy

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 10:44 am | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is very concerned by Otago Regional Council’s move to appoint two Ngāi Tahu representatives to the Council, with full voting rights on the Council’s powerful Policy Committee. More >>

Petition launched to make NZ First keep its promise

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 2:07 pm | Democracy Action

Pro-democracy lobby group, Democracy Action, has launched a petition lobbying NZ First to force a referendum on the existence of Māori seats. More >>

Democracy Action calls on Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas to resign

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 3:08 pm | Democracy Action

Massey University Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas should resign over her decision to cancel a talk by Dr Don Brash scheduled for tomorrow, says Democracy Action . More >>

Council set to erode democracy with unelected members

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 2:56 pm | Democracy Action

Hamilton City Council’s plan to appoint non-elected members to Council committees will erode local democracy, says Democracy Action. More >>

New Zealanders deserve a referendum on Māori seats

Friday, 6 July 2018, 2:10 pm | Democracy Action

6 JULY 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Democracy Action welcomes Winston Peters’ call for a two-pronged referendum on whether Māori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether. Labour MP Rino Tirikatene’s bill to entrench the Māori seats will ... More >>

Mayor Goff fails to live up to election promise

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:19 am | Democracy Action

Pro democracy group Democracy Action applauds the Auckland councillors who have penned a letter of no confidence in mayor Phil Goff. The Chair of Democracy Action, Lee Short, says: More >>

The People Have Spoken

Monday, 21 May 2018, 10:34 am | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is applauding the decision made by citizens to reject the introduction of Maori ward seats. Chairman of Democracy Action, Lee Short, say More >>

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 >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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