ABUSE OF POWER

By Dan McGuire

Abuse of process

The council city council has approved the rate increase for the library without having even completed any negotiations with iwi for use of the site. This is a similar abuse of due process that has been used when rates have been increased in the past, then the money has been diverted away from what the funds are specified for.

Neither the auditor-general nor the Ombudsman will correct such abuses of the Local Government Act. Will it be necessary to take the sort of actions undertaken by farmers, but this time against local councils for actions contrary to the Local Government Act? Confronting Nelson council in a reasonable and polite way has not corrected these abuses of power.

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