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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Good. Someone who our PM might just listen to had to say it. He certainly doesn't listen to people who live here.

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

I disagree with your statement that councils largely supported 3 waters. Most did not. The issue at base of this is the broken relationship between central and local government.

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Thx always for your clear connected analysis

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Can’t believe the dishonesty in the rhetoric around young people stuck on a life of welfare. Thanks for posting those stats.

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

So comprehensive. So on point. So intelligent. Shows up exactly what is missing from the current government. Please open it up.

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Nobody - except the current government - thought that S & P would be fooled by shifting The Water Problem to a CCO.

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Love your column this morning ! What a mess the new Government is dealing to us! Can we revolt??

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Sadly, an entirely foreseeable mess.

Eventually, we'll be left with two options. Either central government pony up the cash that the previous government committed to spending to fix water (but in a chaotic and significantly less efficient way), or local governments, via CCOs, will sell the provision of water services and related services to third parties. Almost guaranteed that Serco and others are knocking on Simeon's door already.

Councils, unless forced, will not generate the revenue to fix water, and merged CCOs will do literally nothing to improve that without new revenue.

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Definitely, open up.

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Bernard, it's important this analysis gets wide circulation. Mayors are afraid of clearly pointing to the cause of the projected high rate increases. Their public statements obfuscate on the issue. Please open today's column up, too.

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Definitely open up

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

The adults have now entered the conversation...

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Looks like the substance behind the much vaunted 100 day plan is the actually throw the baby out with the bath water!

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

I'm in some kind of existential despair with the way this government is heading. Luxcon sounds like an idealistic teenager with a head full of platitudes and ideological one liners, Seymour sounds like a petulant four year old and Winston and his hunchman Shame Jones are the echo chamber for the wingnut conspiracy theorists....

Someone commented yesterday that this government has done nothing but tear things down and came into office without any plans in place for implementation. They are going to "fix" things. Well while "things" may not have been perfect they were working to some extent and now all we seem to be looking at, instead of progress, is an ever widening sink hole of disappearing initiatives.

/rantover

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

Is it too optimistic to theorise the current government are advocating, by stealth, a shift towards a broad-based land tax (via rates) rather than income?

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Feb 20Liked by Bernard Hickey

I love Bernard's reporting and am new to the Kaka. After listening to his report on S&P downgrade I went looking for the full throated responses by NZ media. I couldn't find much and will keep looking. Perhaps there will be a full investigation on TVNZ this evening after the journalists have a few minutes to digest the implications of today's Kaka. Please open this up and we will hope other serious journalists will take the reins for their publications to enlighten their readers

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