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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

When you don't have a policy - you have a Royal Commission

govt:
The issues about Auckland’s future governance are complex, and the Royal Commission will provide for careful and thorough investigation and consultation to identify the most appropriate long-term governance arrangements for Auckland, to secure its future as an internationally competitive city [...]
The terms of reference direct the Commissioners to inquire into and report upon the local government arrangements (including institutions, mechanisms and processes) that are required in the Auckland region over the foreseeable future in order to maximise, in a cost effective manner:
• the current and future well-being of the region and its communities; and
• the Auckland region’s contribution to wider national objectives and outcomes.

nzherald:
The commission will set up base in Auckland and hire staff before Christmas. It could issue discussion papers before hearing public submissions next year. The commission has to report back to the Government by December 1 next year. [...] new North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams warned against a single city, which he said would end up being an "uncontrollable monster". [...] Bob Harvey, Waitakere Mayor: I think the Royal Commission is a terrific start but what needs to be addressed is a far bigger philosophical agenda about funding, about how funding is derived, about where funding is accessed from, different methods of rating.

stuff:
Areas specifically excluded in the commission's terms include funding arrangements with central government. Mr Burton said that was because any funding from central government was up to the government of the day to decide.

ARC:
We are mindful of the recommendations of the recent Inquiry into Local Government Rates and the pending Royal Commission into Auckland Local Government and while we will make every effort to assist the Royal Commission in any way we can at the same time we will not be distracted from getting on with the tasks at hand.

2 Comments:

At 31/10/07 12:56 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Christian Prudence

I note that you replied to my earlier e-mail (copy attached) " THANKS
FOR YOUR PROMPT REPLY AND PLEASE REPLY TO MY LETTER WHEN YOU GET IT BY
THE END OF THE WEEK IN MORE DETAIL RE UNI RULES"

Provided your email is addressing the University's regulations I will
indeed respond.

However, I must point out that the email below is not an acceptable way
of meeting course requirements. You are well aware of the University's
procedures and when you fail to submit coursework in the required
manner, on time and have not sought any extensions by the deadline then
the University is under no obligation to mark your work.

I also note that you have been seeking to communicate with Lauren Tooker
despite the fact that I had already responded to you on her behalf and
you had already acknowledged my response. Kindly do not correspond
further with Lauren or other staff as the course has been completed and
you are unable to complete the requirements.

As far as your email to Lauren regarding the examination is concerned
you have already had that question answered by my earlier email. You
are not able to sit that examination and in any event it has already
been completed.

Kindly do not waste time by asking for information you have already been
given.

Grant Wills
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-----Original Message-----
From: cpru001@ec.auckland.ac.nz [mailto:cpru001@ec.auckland.ac.nz]
Sent: Wednesday, 31 October 2007 11:34
To: Lauren Tooker; Grant Wills; Raymond Miller; Peter Roberts; Jim
Marshall; Stephen Hoadley
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Hegemony or Survival

Subject: Hegemony or Survival

Here is my coursework!


Saddams murder was a war crime, but Zarqawis execution was his own fault
as he
was a butcher, literally.Live by the sword,die by the sword.But someone
should
have told Bush, Blair and Howard that as well.

George Dubyas "New-World-Order" started with the new "mission
accomplished"
fighter-pilot-draft-dodger May 2003 "victory" only 4 years ago.The new
Gulf War
was a one-sided slaughter his father started but would not or could not
finish
off.The term "War" hardly applies now as it is such an ongoing massacre
of the
innocents and has totally devastated and wrecked what is left of normal
everyday Iraq!

Saddam may have committed gross human rights violations as a Sovereign
head of
state in the past 4 decades and he did crush the Kurds uprising after
the first
Gulf War with the Presidents father the first Bush in the Oval
office.With Gas
against the troublesome PKK who have been skirmishing with Turkey on the
borders in the north, he was also free to commit more aggressive
war-like
atrocities against Iran with the blessing of the weapons
manufacturers in the West who supplied the arms.

However the heavy handed way "the peace" was controlled with the lies
about
weapons inspections and the strictly enforced U.N sanctions has meant
that many
Iraqis now suffer daily from the dire consequences of malnutrition and
hardship
caused through poverty in punishment for the ongoing War.

Saddams iron rule of Oligarchy as a Middle Eastern tyrant like in Egypt
and
Saudi Arabia with Shariah law may have held Iraq together for a while
but Bush
was as responsible as Saddam for the awesome tragedy we witness on the
evening
news bulletins at 6pm every night.

Even earlier in the evening on Prime news first at 5.30 we are often
witnesses
to the bloodshed and carnage and wanton destruction through suicide
bombing and
roadside bombs as they are now called by troops in pointlessly armoured
cars
and 4 wheel drives blown up beyond recognition.For the Iraqi people the
worst
of all possible worlds has been realised from the illegal invasion and
ongoing
occupation by foreign powers as recorded recently of this War by former
Iraqi
exiles like the outspoken critic Ahmad Chalabi.He is very critical of a
form of
green-zone inspired puppet-regime-politics after the illegal hanging of
Saddam
by Bush, Blair and Howard.They should be tried for murder in the
Courtsby the
U.N!(A)

Washington,London and Canberra should have all been compelled to pursue
diplomacy first and force only as a last resort, as the Twentieth
Century was
arguably the American or Western Allies Century, becoming the worlds
only
dominant economic powers.A lesson our former ANZUS partners like
Australia and
America should have learnt by now however from this conflict is that by
getting
too close to super-power status on your own accord a once vibrant anglo
grouping of democratic society similar to our own should not have the
right to
lock up political refugees from a War they started in razor wire death
camps in
the desert.(B)



A foreign academic from Otago University claims that Phil Goff told him
we have
spent somewhere in the region of over $100 million dollars supporting
the U.S,
Britain and Australia, our once traditional wartime Allies; remembered
every
year on Anzac day through an often jingoistic nationalistic fervour
designed to
make recent arrivals like political refugees from War unsure of their
place in
this their new country.

This money has been spent on so-called "reconstruction" efforts in the
region
where the Taleban blew up the relics of a once ancient regime.What a
waste of
money.(C)

The U.N. Security Council washed its hands of Iraq despite the secretary
generals disapproval and left it to the U.S. and U.K. to go it alone in
violation of the U.N. Charter.

To put the war in a broader context the U.N. became more obedient to
Washington
and London after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the
cold war.

The U.S indifference of U.N. instructions for peace and the U.S and
Britain
vetoes of Security Council resolutions against War were an
outrage.Instead they
claimed that they had UN resolutions supporting this illegal invasion in
revenge for 9/11!

For over half a century now America has been pursuing a "grand imperial
strategy" with the aim of staking out the entire globe and this dream of
dominance has almost taken us to the edge of extinction.George W Bush is
intensifying this process as the final frontier of imperial control has
led to
a choice between the prerogatives of power and a liveable Earth or
planet as
American rulers are now jeopardising the future of the species with a
denial of
Climate change.(E)

It seems unlikely that we will have another Century dominated by the U.S
and her
friends, as it has further mired itself and her allies Britain and the
Aussies
in the resource driven conflict for Oil to fuel their greedy
Economy.They reach
out to other countries only through the gun turrets of tanks and
helicopters,
not peaceful means anymore.

There is now a discernible sense of global energy shifting away from
"the West"
alongside New Zealands departure for greener pastures elsewhere, as New
Zealand
prides itself on enforcing Human Rights and Social Welfare and political
and
outspoken opposition to the Wars.

Moreover we all pride ourselves on being anti-nuclear and peaceful while
our
critics of our racist government claims nothing could be further from
the truth
however.New Zealanders on talkback radio in particular are addicted to
stories
of Anti-Muslim stereotypes and ignorance calling the political refugee
Ahmed
Zaoui and his recently re-united family queue jumpers.This is designed
to
promote fear and promote more racism against Chinese and Indians fleeing
from a
military coup and racial dictatorship next door in Fiji and being looted
and
burnt out of their shops in the Solomons and Tonga!



Furthermore our foreign minister outside Cabinet Winston Peters now the
political equivalent of Australian Pauline Hanson has been attacking
Asians and
found a soft spot in the P.Ms heart for so doing.Like his Australian
cousins
"across the ditch" as we now like to say by putting distance between us
and our
nearest neighbours; Winston Peters has become the governments
"unofficial"
mouthpiece as a minister outside of collective responsibility for
promoting a
new form of ANZUS and other assorted pro American propaganda and
violence in
support of the Wars.Together with Australia we have sent troops to the
Solomons
and Tonga and East Timor only recently to sure up support for the powers
that
be in the south pacific region now known as the Asia Pacific or APEC or
ASEAN
rim.

We have become like Britain is now as a subordinate in the south pacific
taking
orders like "yo Blair" did so servile to the United States and Bush like
another sort of deputy sheriff in the Solomons and many hundreds of
their
police are still causing trouble whereever they go throughout this
troubled
region as well.This has caused concern and disruption for the locally
elected
politicians in the region defending their own authority and
Sovereignty.The
Australians and New Zealanders overseas now say they have been invited
by the
King of Tonga to suppress dissent and call's for change but the peoples
movement has been suppressed with our Prime Minister's assistance in the
South
Pacific.We are performing the role of a "proxy gendarme" according to
our
Australian Muslim friend's and neighbours like the Grand Mufti of the
South
Pacific.Our ongoing support for the other War by the West in Afghanistan
and
several rotations of troops in their hundreds now shows that our
Nationalism
based New Zealand First,United Future, the Progressive's and Labour led
Coalition Government support the murderous and ongoing slaughter of
so-called
Insurgent forces in the Middle East.We are not neutral in the Wars at
all like
we like to think of ourselves.



FOOTNOTES;


A; page 8, Noam Chomsky;



New World Order, World order old and new.



B; Counter Currents.Org;



New Zealand Images and Reality,



Ghali Hassan,10 March 2007.



C; Radio Live interview with Bill Ralston, Friday 4th May;4-6pm,



Drive show.



D; page 10



Chomsky.(NEW WORLD ORDER)



E; Introduction to,



"People who changed the Modern World",



Larry Buttrose.

 
At 31/10/07 5:37 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

NZ HERALD TODAY/PERSPECTIVES/THE ECONOMIST NEWSPAPER LTD LONDON.

...DIRECTLY ATTACKS THE MINDS OF THE ENEMY DECISION MAKERS TO DESTROY THE ENEMY'S POLITICAL WILL...

IN COUNTER INSURGENCY ONE SIDE CAN WIN EVERY BATTLE, YET LOSE THE WAR...

AMERICA SHOULD NOT GET INVOLVED IN HALF HEARTED WARFARE FOR HALF HEARTED REASONS...

IN FIGHTING AN ENEMY AMONG THE PEOPLE, IT SAYS, THE CENTRAL OBJECTIVE IS NOT TO DESTROY THE ENEMY, BUT TO SECURE THE ALLEGIANCE OF THE CITIZENRY...

BRITAIN, THE US' ONLY ALLY OF ANY MILITARY SIGNIFICANCE IN IRAQ, IS SLOWLY LEAVING.IN AFGHANISTAN...NATO IS WOBBLY.MANY ALLIES REFUSE TO JOIN A FIGHT THAT HAS BEEN WAGED BY MAINLY AMERICAN, BRITISH AND CANADIAN FORCES, AND SEVERAL ARE COMING UNDER MORE DIRECT DOMESTIC PRESSURE LIKE N.Z TO BRING THEIR TROOPS HOME...

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HAS HELPED THESE JIHADISTS SPREAD THE SINGLE NARRATIVE THAT MUSLIMS EVERYWHERE ARE UNDER ATTACK...

THE INTERNET PROVIDES A NEW AND UNASSAILABLE SANCTUARY FROM WHICH TO PROPAGANDISE, ORGANISE AND SHARE TACTICS...

THE DILEMMA FOR WESTERN FORCES IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN IS THAT, THOUGH THEY MAY SEEK THE WHEREWITHAL TO WIN, THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS THEY SEEK TO HELP ARE SUPPOSEDLY UNABLE YET TO STAND UP ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET!

 

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