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  1. #3171
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    Perhaps part of the problem is linking fees to such regulatory activities? Tends to cloud the vision, eh what?
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    Things like water reticulation and land use planning are not really the same thing in my opinion.

    Wayne, you gave the example of Jakarta. Well I'll give the example of Tokyo. In Tokyo you can build almost anything, almost anywhere. They don't have water (or electricity, or phone...) problems.

    They have a well run city in a well run country. Very very limited corruption etc.

    BUT they have very liberal planning laws which allows them to get on with things.

    The 2 aren't mutually exclusive.
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    I wonder if council 'culture' comes into, as well? One could be forgiven for getting the feeling that councils think ratepayers are there to serve the council, rather than vice versa. Remember the Japanese city sink hole? Repaired at lightning speed, with the Mayor apologising for the inconvenience and offering compensation. Not likely scenarios in NZ, I suspect.

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    I wonder what is the percentage of lawyers to the general population is in Japan?
    A lot less than in NZ I suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyernzl View Post
    I wonder what is the percentage of lawyers to the general population is in Japan?
    A lot less than in NZ I suspect.
    good article here

    https://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2016/0...n-the-numbers/
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    From the above:
    "The number of lawyers in Japan has more than doubled since 2000, but demand for legal services has failed to grow apace. "

    They need to take lessons from the NZ legal industry, and invent new laws to create work.
    Many years ago the only time most people needed a lawyer was when you bought a house or made a will.
    Now, even 10 year olds "consult my lawyer"!

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    Default Well, I Never

    No It Can't - Yes It Can

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    Given the recent TT Kangaroo Kourt decision, how did the council escape censure and fines? (Payable to the tenants, of course, like instant fines are payable to the issuing police officer.)

    Not what you know but who you know, perhaps?
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    Ahh .. this thread is still going.. amazing! Just back to unashamedly post this plug .. Well you never know .. Might be some Whakatane District ratepayers on here?

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    Default Best of Luck, Russell.

    The ambiguity of your line - Dumb leadership is doing the same stuff and expecting a different result - is telling.

    Would voters better grasp this, electing the same people to the same positions and expecting a better result is just dumb?

    Could be a bit inflammatory, I suppose.

    The scripting of that web page needs some attention, too. Only one out of four web browsers I tried renders as you probably want it to. Three rendered as this screen shot shows.

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    From the herald today: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/a...ectid=12261763
    Auckland Mayoral hopeful John Tamihere has promised to freeze Auckland's rates rises for three years and ask landlords to put a hold on rent hikes during his first term.


 

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