“Wellingtonians are being smashed with a massive rates hike because the council and the Mayor are completely out of touch with productive people and they’re being totally irresponsible with ratepayers’ money. People have had a gutsful and they’re leaving the city”, says ACT MP based in Wellington Nicole McKee.
“John Key joked Wellington is a dying city and this left-wing council is trying to kill it off for good.
“Wellingtonians have an ideological council that suffocates any kind of initiative, doesn’t let productive people do anything, taxes and spends on all kinds of wasteful projects, and ignores the vital infrastructure that people actually want.
“The council is forecasting a 13 per cent rates hike, following increases of 13.5 per cent in 2021, and 8 per cent last year.
“The Mayor hasn’t being forthcoming with any sort of plan on how to fix Wellington’s declining infrastructure, and chances are she doesn’t have one. It’s far more likely this rates increase will be wasted on vanity projects that serve no purpose other than to keep left-wing ideologues happy.
“Today’s Dominion Post shows the problem. Mayor Tory Whanau is quoted in two different articles – one commiserating with hard up ratepayers and an op-ed saying she’s going to splurge their money on the arts.
“Wellington City Council needs to get back to the basics.
“If the Mayor had any respect for her constituents she would show a detailed plan for what essential services their rates are going towards. Instead, she expects the average Wellington family to cough up an extra $450 a week during a cost of living crisis.
“If the Wellington council doesn’t start acting for ratepayers instead of left-wing ideologues then people will leave. And the very real challenges the city faces will only get worse.”
DOC huts still being powered by coal
“Despite declaring coal would be gone from all DOC huts two years ago, it is still being burned on a regular basis to warm Department of Conservation huts with no plan to stop,” says ACT’s Conservation spokesperson Nicole McKee.
Jobs for Nature paying $167 an hour
“While private businesses are having to tighten their belts amid a cost of living crisis, the Government is spending more than a billion dollars on a make-work scheme in which the Minister can’t even explain how the money is being spent,” says ACT’s Conservation spokesperson Nicole McKee.
Not letting lawlessness get in the way of recovery
“The first duty of any government is to keep its people safe, and this is especially true in a time of emergency. ACT has a plan to address the lawlessness that has occurred in cyclone-affected areas so people can have the sense of security they need to get on with recovery,” says ACT’s Justice Spokesperson Nicole McKee.