Greenhorn Rodney Hide's motives questioned, and so they should!
Andrew Williams, North Shore mayor, claims privatisation plans for Auck region's assets behind MP Rodney Hide's super city push -- we all know what he stands for?
An Auckland mayor has blasted Local Government Minister Rodney Hide, over the way he is pushing plans for a super city.
North Shore's Andrew Williams is accusing Mr Hide of misleading Prime Minister John Key about the shake-up.
The Government is planning to put in place one central authority, with up to 30 smaller community boards. Mr Williams says Mr Hide has told Mr Key he has got support from the existing councils for his proposals, when in fact that is not the case. He claims the super city plan is being hijacked.
"I think we're being hoodwinked here by a local minister who has got very little experience in local government and unfortunately people are listening to the false information that he's putting out there."
Mr Williams believes the ultimate aim is to take control of the region's asset base and privatise it.
"Farm it of to council-controlled organisations with private boards of directors, controlling the water, controlling the waste water, controlling the transport."
Mr Williams says his opinions are shared by the other councils, with the exception of Auckland City. He says it will cost some ratepayers another $500 a year. For the North Shore, he says the change will have the same impact as a five percent rates hike. Check out just what the political "Mr Hyde" is up to?
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