Last updated 15th of March 2019. 
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21st of February 2019 ( with update/confirmation sent out 14th of March 2019.)
Kia ora fellow Ratepayers. 
At a conference of representatives of Ratepayers and Residents' Associations from all around New Zealand held in Nelson on 11th Nov 2018, a commitment to establish The Federation of Ratepayers Associations of New Zealand  ('Ratepayers NZ' ) was confirmed.

The steering committee that was appointed at Nelson is now inviting representatives of Ratepayers and Residents Associations to attend the Inaugural meeting of The Federation of Ratepayer Associations of New Zealand  from 1p.m. on Saturday the 23rd of March 2019  in north-west Auckland at the Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall at 2 Redhills Road,Massey, 31 kms from Auckland airport .
The Agenda will include:
- discussing,formalising and adopting  a Constitution or Rules of the Federation,
- formalising the structure of the organisation as an Incorporated Society
- the appointment of a governance group / nominations to the officer positions (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and Committee
  A printable Nominations Form is here.

We will have Wifi access so it will be possible for those of you who can not travel to make it to the meeting to participate by skype.
( search for : Ratepayers Residents in skype or click on https://join.skype.com/invite/pRqZrKanoXf8 in Google Chrome or Microsoft edge/

A discounted rate for accommodation at the nearby Quality Hotel Lincoln Green can be arranged by calling John Riddell  ( who is providing the hall ) on 0274779750.

RSVP : Please let us know by replying to this e-mail (ratepayersandresidents@gmail.com ) whether your group will be sending a representative and we encourage you to forward this message on through to your members and to others who may be interested.

If you need to print out the pdf files of the Agenda, Draft Constitution and Rules , they are attached to the bottom of the pages on our website which can be accessed by clicking on the links above.

Thank you and look forward to meeting you at the conference.
Alan Preston in Mangawhai for the steering committee. ( Mobile: 02102377242 )

Please check to see if your organisation is listed on the  www.ratepayersandresidents.org.nz  website,
and let us know by if you'd like to add/update or change anything:  ratepayersandresidents@gmail.com

To see interviews and video of some of the talks given by guest speakers at the conference in Nelson, click here
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31st of January 2019 :  
4th of October 2019
Robbie Nicol - White Man Behind a Desk on why young people should vote ( Sept 2016 )

Listen to Simon Wilson ( NZ Herald ) on Radio NZ National 2019-01-31 )

5th of December 2018 :  ( for Aucklanders ) Parliament's Governance and Administration Committee is calling for written evidence in support of two petitions lodged separately and independently in September 2018 which are asking that an independent inquiry be carried out into Auckland Council's performance, financial accountability and compliance with the Public Records Act .

 4th of December 2018 :  Court of Appeal dismisses Rogans' ( Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents' Association) right to appeal and charges
$175,000 court cost against the appellants.
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11th of November 2018 : A conference attended by representatives of ratepayer associations from all around NZ/Aotearoa was held in Nelson on the 10th and 11th of November 2018 at which it was agreed to establish a Federation of Ratepayer Associations of New Zealand ('Ratepayers NZ' ).

A  steering group has been appointed and is currently working on developing a constitution to be considered for adoption at the next conference in Auckland early in 2019. 

If you'd like to have your ideas considered, please send them us here at : ratepayersandresidents@gmail.com

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 8th of November 2018 : Mangawhai Loses at the Supreme Court.

17th of October 2018 : Open Government Partnership Consultation process ends

14th of October 2018: Northland Ratepayers Convention  was held in Kaikohe 

14 of October 2018: Penny Bright's funeral at Saint Mathews in the City, Auckland City. 
4th of October 2018: Penny Bright died 
1st of October 2018 : Three Waters submissions close

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Kia ora !
This Ratepayers and Residents' website, e-mail address and associated facebook page and group were created back in June 2015 as a repository for ratepayers and residents throughout New Zealand to locate their - and others' Ratepayer and Residents' Associations. 
The database is being constantly updated in order that we can all communicate.  

You can find out whether there is a Ratepayer and Residents Association in your area by going to the Regional Council tabs above and scrolling down to your own Local Territorial Authority.
If you know of any Ratepayers and Residents' Associations that aren't listed here or that the information provided needs to be updated or changed , please get in touch with us here at : ratepayersandresidents@gmail.com 
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What is the point of public consultation ?
Megan Rose, 22nd of May 2018 @ Hawkes Bay Regional Council

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20180419 : Penny Bright explaining her refusal to pay rates to draw attention to Auckland Council's obstinate refusal to comply with the Public Records Act 2005. Click here for more on Penny Bright's campaign.

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Alan Preston in Mangawhai, Kaipara District , Northland
2018-0829 
Tel : (09) 4315389
Mob : 02102377242
e-mail : ratepayersandresidents@gmail.com
URL : www.ratepayersandresidents.org.nz
https://sites.google.com/site/ratepayersandresidents/home
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ratepayersandresidents
Facebook Group : Ratepayers and Residents of New Zealand

P.S. Putting this together takes a lot of time and has costs.
Koha ( expressions of support ) and offers of help always welcome .
I live on next to nothing. Wishlist : A still working Windows laptop would be useful.
Bank:  ANZ .  Account 01-0495-0245439-83
Kia ora !