Post by JohnO Post by Euripides
So 60,000 want a change to our name. OK then, let's have a binding
referendum and settle this now, no more underground plans. Until then
make government departments use our only official name.
Just be aware that millions of dollars of public money will be spent on relentless marketing, all advocating for the change. Like the "Three Waters" advertising currently on TV, it will insult your intelligence.
And those that oppose any change are entitled to spend their money in
opposition - if you remember the introduction of MMP, that was opposed
by big money from those who thought of themselves as the 'business
elite.' The insults to our intelligence wee I suspect part of the
reason MMP was voted for in the referendum.
Three Waters is in part prompted by the "Keep the Rates Down" mantra
of the "business community"which has seen poor public transport (and
in particular poor rail passenger serves) in Auckland, the "Yule
effect"of e-coli in water in Havelock North, the 'sewage in the
streets" in Wellington, and flooding in too many areas (ironically
recently in some country areas where regional bodies have not had the
funds to manage river banks a road culverts), and "getting water from
trucks" in Northland. Even David Seymour rejects the stupid call for
Councils to be paid for taking a liability away from them . . .
You can ask through the OIA for how much the government is spending on
advertising ; I have not seen any, but keeping the public informed is
part of the mandate for our broadcasters; such programmes as have
discussed it have been fairly well balanced, giving voice both those
objecting and opposing.