In 2010 National did away with democracy in Canterbury, and in 2012 they extended their dictatorship for a further 4 years. The Press:
Black day for democracy in Canterbury and the nation
The brief statement announcing the continued suspension of democracy at Environment Canterbury will take a place in New Zealand history. It outlines the most radical denial of voting rights that this nation has experienced in recent times – a fact that disadvantages Cantabrians and besmirches the Government.
For another four years voters will be unable to elect ECan councillors, meaning a basic right will have been denied citizens for more than half a decade. In that time, ECan will have gathered something like $450 million in rates and spent it without the input of the providers.
That the Government has prolonged this system – it is called dictatorship – is deplorable and foolish. It not only denies the province healthy administration but it strengthens a backlash against National in the province.
Taxation without representation for Canterbury. 2016 approaches, and full democracy will still be denied to them:
Democratic ECan “carries too many risks” says Nick Smith
The Government wants a mixed governance structure for Environment Canterbury (ECan), with some members elected and others appointed, it has announced.
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston released a discussion document on the proposal on Wednesday.
“We considered other options of a fully elected council and alternatives that involved substantive changes to council functions. “Our preliminary view is that these carry too many risks given the critical stage of work on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and the earthquake recovery. “It may be appropriate to consider these options beyond 2019.”
Green MP Eugenie Sage, the party’s Christchurch spokeswoman, said the Government had “broken its 2010 promise to restore regional democracy by 2013”. The mixed model proposal was “a significant wind back of local democracy”, Sage said.
Got that Cantabrians? You can’t be trusted with the power of democracy. National knows best…
— Megan Woods (@Megan_Woods) March 19, 2015