Trouble for meddling bureaucrats in rural New Zealand?

May 28, 2006

Is there is a growing backlash by rural New Zealanders against bureaucrats of both local and central government? I think there might be... See these recent headlines:

Walking panel blasted
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3680935a3600,00.html

Ruapehu council defies dogs act
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3677453a3600,00.html

Duynhoven in hospital after facing protesters
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3677349a3600,00.html

'Special protection' for land angrily rejected
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10381418

See here for more on the Northland 'special protection' mess:
http://www.newman.co.nz/Monthly12.htm

So, what do you think?

Update:
Gisborne Herald - Farmers worry about impact of giving public more access:
http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article.asp?aid=5124&iid=424&sud=27

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  1. Anonymous says:
    May 28, 2006 @ 23:38 — Reply

    I should just note that Ruapehu Mayor Sue Morris scored 100,100 in a WSPQuiz I ran three or four years ago in Ohakune. :-)

  2. PC says:
    May 29, 2006 @ 06:04 — Reply

    BTW, t'was not Anonymous - t'was I. Bet you wouldn't have been half so polite if you'd known. ;^)

    PC

  3. Julian Pistorius says:
    May 28, 2006 @ 23:54 — Reply

    That's very interesting. :) Thanks for the information. I thought it was an unusually brave stance for a politician to take. If she scored that high for freedom, then that makes sense.

    For those who don't know, the WSP or World's Smallest Political Quiz is here:
    http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz.html

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