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The Taniwha Tax is Dead!

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  • The Taniwha Tax is Dead!

    Press Release from The Taxpayers Union today:

    "Last year we joined our sister group, the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, with Democracy Action and the Auckland Property Investors Association to launch our “Taniwha Tax” campaign and briefing paper on Auckland Council’s Mana Whenua Cultural Impact Assessment provisions in its draft unitary plan.
    This afternoon the Independent Hearings Panel, which was tasked with reviewing all aspects of the draft plan, reported back. The Panel has recommended that all of the provisions we cited – the cultural impact assessment requirements and the 3,600 ‘sites of value’ be deleted from the plan! This win means:

    1. The 3,600 sites (affecting around 18,000 properties) are deleted from the Unitary Plan
    2. No more onerous ‘cultural impact assessments'
    3. No more consulting with up to a dozen iwi groups before the Council will approve your resource consent
    4. Auckland Council must go through a robust process and prove a site has real cultural or historic value before new ‘culturally valuable’ sites are scheduled
    5. Auckland Council must show that a particular site is culturally valuable – it's no longer up to homeowners to prove their site is not
    6. The Taniwha Tax is less likely to spread to other councils across New Zealand

    The Panel completely rejected the Council’s recommendations for even more onerous requirements relating to Cultural Impact Assessments (the Council wanted to require these for all consents near the sites, rather than just those where a Mana Whenua group believe their cultural values are impacted).

    Our website has a summary of the relevant report by the Panel. In short, it not only picks up our recommendations, it goes further and confirms what we suspected all along: Auckland Council never bothered to verify whether the sites were indeed vauable; or that they even existed."
    Last edited by donna; 28-07-2016, 11:49 AM.

  • #2
    Pro development/property investor policy from council? Wow good job Penny(s)!


    • #3
      Hasn't been signed off yet.
      Wait for screams of anguish then prospective councillors following the wind.
      Election time isn't a good time for something like this.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Wayne View Post
        Election time isn't a good time for something like this.
        Yeah a lot of councillor's jobs are on the line now.