56 days ago

What do you think of the changing laws around Māori wards?

Denise Piper Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

Northland Regional Council is unlikely to run a binding poll on its controversial Māori ward proposal, after a new law will do away with the polls. The same law clashes with Whangārei District Council's www.stuff.co.nz...
|need to advertise a binding poll| on Māori wards, forcing the council to cancel the poll two days later. The petition-triggered polls consistently overturn proposals for Māori wards, and are considered fundamentally unfair, as no other wards or representation changes can be cancelled in this way. What do you think?

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More messages from your neighbours
10 hours ago

Keep me WARM every Winter

Alison Shrigley Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

Help us find forever homes for our beautiful adult cats. They have passed through their cheeky kitten stage, know how to use a litterbox all the time and are just happy curling up with you on the couch as opposed to kitten zoomies around the lounge!!! All our adult cats are available for a KOHA and just want a place of their own to curl up in and sleep the days away.

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13 hours ago

Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary proposal consultation opens

Denise Piper Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

The Department of Conservation has opened consultation on its proposed Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary, which aims to help bottlenose dolphins, whose numbers are rapidly declining in the bay. But not everyone agrees it will work as stated. Have you submitted your comments?

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1 day ago

Do you know how the proposed rates changes will impact you?

Denise Piper Reporter from The Bay Chronicle

Farmers have been shocked to find the Far North District Council's proposed 'Fairer and Simpler Rates' system will see their rates increase by as much as $10,000 or 30 per cent in a year. A raft of changes to the way rates are calculated have been put forward by the council, with mayor John Carter saying some ratepayers will pay more while others will pay less. Do you know how the changes could impact you? Do you support the changes?