This is what National have been doing since they came to power, systematically stealing our democracy, from the super city in Auckland, to Ecan in Canterbury.
They (National) have been corporatising and centralising New Zealand.
Instead of strengthening our laws and legislation, they have been weakening our RMA and watering down our emissions trading scheme, plus taking away more of our rights, the Search and Surveillance Bill, being but one example, Brownlee being empowered to rule Canterbury by decree until 2016 another.
More and more decisions and rights are being stolen from councils, and the people they represent.
Another example of National taking away our voice is the the Aquaculture Amendment Bill, the select committee report due out 9/5/2011.
When a regional coastal plan prohibits marine farming, the Minister for Aquaculture can change the plan. Currently, there are tight controls in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Tasman, Marlborough and Southland (they have suffered their share of aquaculture problems, hence the controls). The changes to the Act will allow the Minister to unilaterally open up these areas to more marine farming.
So there you have it. Government the National way, lots of industry representatives knocking on the ministers doors, holding brief cases full of money, just the way National like to do business.