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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 >>

Winston Peters' RMA Comments Spot-on

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 3:18 pm | Democracy Action

Pro-democracy group, Democracy Action , says Winston Peters’ highlighting of the National and Maori Party’s proposed Resource Management Act reform , which provides a pathway for iwi to become consenting authorities, should be a wake-up call to New ... More >>

Site Removal an Admission of Failure

Friday, 13 November 2015, 11:42 am | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is labelling the removal of 600 Sites of Value from the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan as an admission of failure by the Council. More >>

Council considers partial reduction in CIA requirements

Monday, 9 November 2015, 4:49 pm | Democracy Action

Auckland Council looks set to scrap 1,373 of the controversial 'Sites of Value to Mana Whenua' from its Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. Democracy Action, a group formed to fight against the Mana Whenua provisions, is welcoming the proposed reduction ... More >>

Te Rangi Actions Amount to Bullying And Intimidation

Sunday, 6 September 2015, 8:10 pm | Democracy Action

Lobby group Democracy Action is calling on the Chair of Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board selection panel, Tame Te Rangi, to step-down after details of a letter threatening legal proceedings against Auckland councillors were published in today's ... More >>

Maori Party Labels One Man, One Vote Supporters as Racist

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 3:15 pm | Democracy Action

The Maori Party’s approach of bullying and intimidation against those who have stood up for one person, one vote, in Rotorua, is a dishonourable act by Members of Parliament that should know better. Democracy Action, a pressure group which champions ... More >>

Democracy Action Welcomes New Plymouth Result

Monday, 18 May 2015, 9:32 am | Democracy Action

Democracy Action is applauding the decision made by the citizens of New Plymouth in decisively rejecting the proposal to introduce Maori ward seats for the Council. Chairman of Democracy Action , Lee Short, says: More >>

Council's Cultural Heritage? a Rubbish Dump

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:32 pm | Democracy Action

Responding to the Auckland Council's media release confirming the Council's support for the controversial Cultural Impact Assessment regime in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says: More >>