This video from Phil Twyford, Labour’s spokesperson on the campaign to make sure that Rodney Hide is prevented from buggering Auckland by selling critical assets to his mates in the business community so they can raise prices, diminish maintenance, stop capacity building, and make more profits for themselves.
Given the history of natural monopoly privatizations over the last few decades in NZ, it has resulted in asset stripping, greater uncertainty of supply, and increased costs to the consumers. The electricity sector being a notable case in point. The disembowelment of the rail system of the rail infrastructure being another. Auckland water costs almost doubled over a year for many consumers in Auckland city (including myself) in the last 90’s when the Watercare raised prices on both the water and especially waste water charges.
Phil currently has a private members bill in play to require that a referendum of Aucklanders will be required to sell city assets. Help its progress: irritate your local MP’s, especially the Nat’s. I’m sure that they will be pleased to hear from you that you’ll be looking closely at their votes in the house.
There is more at Not yours to sell.