Ratepayers NZ
Federation of Ratepayer Associations of New Zealand
(currently applying to be registered as an Incorporated Society )

Last updated 6th of July 2019.
Local Government Elections :12th of October 2019
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We'd like to hear your suggestions for questions for Candidates - with a special focus on what they intend to do to ensure transparency, accountability, adherence to due process and general principles of good governance.
Your suggestions can be e-mailed to us at : ratepayersandresidents@gmail.com if you'd like to make them available to others through this site or you can post them on the Ratepayers and Residents of New Zealand Group on Facebook.

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 )
Latest news .

21st of May 2019 : A Plea for Help !
Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents' Chairman hit with $175,000 costs for taking the Northland Regional Council to task over the legality of its rating process. Can you or your organisation help ?

16th of April 2019 :
currently applying to be registered as an Incorporated Society'

Saturday the 23rd of March 2019  at which we succeeded in adopting a constitution and electing an interim committee.
The interim committee will be having our next meeting on the 26th of May 2019.

The Inaugural meeting of The Federation of Ratepayer Associations of New Zealand  was held from 1p.m. on Saturday the 23rd of March 2019  at the Massey Birdwood Settlers Hall in West Auckland.
The Agenda included:
- 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

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 Ratepayer Associations of New Zealand  ('Ratepayers NZ' ) was confirmed.

Alan Preston ( Interim Secretary ) in Mangawhai  ( Mobile: 02102377242 )

To see interviews and video of some of the talks given by guest speakers at the conference in Nelson, click here

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.
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

 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

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 
What is the point of public consultation ?
Megan Rose, 22nd of May 2018 @ Hawkes Bay Regional Council

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.

Alan Preston in Mangawhai, Kaipara District , Northland
Tel : (09) 4315389
Mob : 02102377242
e-mail : ratepayersandresidents@gmail.com
URL : www.ratepayersandresidents.org.nz
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 !