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Crazy balloon

Time to reform the nut house

The highly clichéd pop psychology definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. If we accept this meaning, then local government in New Zealand is just plain nuts, cuckoo, cray cray, whacko and doolally. Read more

Jason Krupp
The National Business Review
11 November, 2016

Beehive's campervan blind spot

If the mystification around the low local election turnout was not strong enough a signal that officials just do not get local government, the latest freedom camper rules review should amp it up. The government is anticipating a deluge of freedom campers over the summer and at next year’s British and Irish Lions tour. These visitors are expected to run into a mishmash of different freedom camping rules as they travel the country, and Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga... Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
28 October, 2016

Why the unitary plan is soiled

In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, the tyrannical state develops an artificial language called Newspeak to align thought and action with the ideology of the Party. Its aim is to entrench the tyranny of the Party by making other modes of thought impossible. Read more

Roger Partridge
The National Business Review
14 October, 2016
Vote tick

Enough with helicopter parenting

Next week New Zealanders will elect their local government representatives for the next three years. This is an important democratic right, and yet three in five New Zealanders will probably choose to do just about anything but vote. There are many reasons for this. An increasingly credible one is that central government, like an all-encompassing helicopter parent, has smothered local government into insignificance. Voters, not being stupid, can tell. This paternalism has resulted in a raft of changes to the Local Government... Read more

Jason Krupp
Insights Newsletter
30 September, 2016

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