Rodney Hide refuses to give Aucklanders their referendum on the supercity and one of the excuses he offers is the cost: “The difficulty with a referendum is it would cost a million dollars”
So what kind of things do councils find it worthwhile holding referenda on? Here’s what the people of Wanganui got to vote on in the past four years:
OK. I think a referendum on recycling services is over the top but if the people of Wanganui get a say on all these issues, what possible justification can there be for not giving Aucklanders their say on this massive transformation of their local government?