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Date: Mon, 22 Dec 1997 23:39:35 -0800
From: Janice Moira Graham <JanisGraham@xtra.co.nz>
Subject: re: Imact of MAI on Municipal Bodies
Impact of MAI on municipal bodies
By Janice Moira Graham
22 December 1997
I am interested in your letter re: municipal imact of MAI. I thought
you might like to know of the situation here in New Zealand.
The N.Z. Local Government Bodies (Municipals) must examine all
services provided to the public and weigh up the public good aspect
and private good aspect with the intention of setting up Local
Authority Trading Enterprises (Companies) to fully commercialise each
of the services.
Once a L.A.T.E. has been established it becomes registered in the
Companies Office and all information about it becomes commercially
sensitive. This means these companies can then be sold without public
consultation because of commercial sensitivity (just a back door
method of privatisation)
The Local Government Bodies (Councils) must present a commercially
viable proposition on each of their services to Government by July
Those universally available, affordable services (water, wastewater,
roading, municipal parks and recreation centres, libraries, ports,
airports, regional forests, works business units, etc) owned by the
public are now being set up to be flogged off to foreign investors as
fast as the bureacrats can manage it. All with minimum or no public
I believe the amendment to the Local Government Act leads all the way
back to IMF via APEC.
The effect of the MAI on these privatised public assets is frightful.
Water for example becomes the subject of franchisement or outright
sale, to become more valuable than gold, to be used as and
extortionate means of controlling the public, and furthermore
exported/channelled off to a corporate agribusinesses in formerly
unarable land purchased cheaply. . .i.e., outback Australia for the
provision of produce for world market. The contract may say supply
. . .the MAI says do what you like. . .so no guarantee that we will
even be supplied with water.
Private enterprise in roads is another loaded scenario with the
impact of MAI. There will be no upgrading of existing infrastructure
as this is a loss to shareholders. There will simply be a
proliferation of pipe and steel technology as this is justification
for raising prices.
The wealthy may ride the superhighways for $60 a hit while the rest
of us journey about on roads reduced to bullock tracks.
Recently our local council sold 50% of our works business unit
(maintenance) to Serco, (English transnational). At first they were
wonderful, Serco trucks everywhere busy busy busy. . .last week they
laid off 100 workers. They only purchased 3 months ago! The council
can't do a thing about it, & even less so when the MAI is ratified.
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 11:25:53 -0800
From: Janice Moira Graham <JanisGraham@xtra.co.nz>
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: [Fwd: MAI Privatize New Zealand]
Thank-you for your letter.
The situation referred to in my letter to Bob is the Local Government
Act, Amendment (1996.)
The N.Z. Local Bodies (Councils/Municipal Bodies) must examine each of
the public services that they have stewardship over with the intention
of making the services commercially viable enterprises. (User Pays)
They must present their findings to the Minister of Local Government by
For example in Papakura (a town of some 40.000 people) each of the
services has now been either contracted out to consultants, contractors
or franchised. Town planning has been contracted out: waste Services have
been partially sold, partially contracted out to Waste Management (NZ) to
American Co. (WMX). Water and Waste water has been franchised for 50
years to a merger of English Co.(Thames Water) and French Co. Generale
des Eaux, now United Water.
The library has been set up as fee paying. Maintenance Services have
been contracted out to Heb Contractors and so on. . .the staff of the
council have now been dramatically reduced as a consequence of these
Morale for fight back is poor with the former chairman of Papakura's
Citizens and Ratepayers being sued for $750.000.00 by Papakura
District Councillors for revealing details about the two foreign
companies who purchased the water/wastewater to the newspapers,
and for making a statement to the press about taking the Council to
the Serious Fraud Office for investigation.
Auckland, N.Z.'s largest city recently set up a Local Authority
Trading Enterprise (Metrowater) to manage water and waste-water
services. In the process they commercialised waste water. Written into
the contract was the right to disconnect water and impose a $230.00
reconnection fee. Three councillors who pushed through the change to
water services became directors on the board of Metrowater. There were
a total of 2.500 submissions; 184 supported the intitiative whilst
2.300 elected for water to remain under the jurisdiction of council.
Only the 184 supporting submissions were taken notice of.
From local experience (Franklin District Council ) L.A.T.E.'s are able
to be sold without further consultation of the public as they have been
registered with the Companies Office, and any further information is
considered commercially sensitive. This privatisation process is now
underway in most of the major cities of N.Z. as it is with central
Enclosed is the URL for a speech written by Roger Kerr and published
in a major business weekly paper
The Independent Business Weekly under the pseudonym 'Staff Writer'.
Roger Kerr is the C.E.O. of the Business Round Table, a group who exert
an unusual influence over central Government and who has been most active
in promoting the downsizing of central and local governments in favour of
private enterprise. Also enclosed is a summary of a paper originally
written by the Public Service Privatisation Research Unit from England
(another branch in Sydney Australia) on the Privatisation of Water and
I think you have plenty to worry about. . .as the IMF/World Bank agenda
are exactly the same in each of the countries they are controlling.
I have done literally tons of research on water because I am fighting
for water to remain in full public ownership and for the
non-commercialisation of wastewater, under the auspices of a
lobby group I set up here called Water for All.
We have taken the Papakura District Council to the Ombudsman for
failure to adequately consult with the public, to the Auditor General
and to the Serious Fraud Office.(all to no avail) and we are now
awaiting a decision by the legal aid authority in order to take the
council to court for a 'Judicial Review.'
There are so many undemocratic changes happening in N.Z. which I
understand are directives from IMF and the World Bank. They appear to be
running the country through the Business Round Table and politicians who
appear to be more concerned with personal financial success
than governing of behalf of the people. Read up on our employment
legislation. Those few rights that were gained over 60 years of social
democracy are all but gone.
Enclosed is http of the Political News Room our Governments daily press
Read over the press
releases particularly those of the Labour/ Alliance Party and read the
about changes to our demcoracy for yourself. Where for instance in the
Western world would you find legislation which allows the police to
phonetap/search and get into bank accounts without a warrant under
the pretext that they are monitoring gangs? What gangs?
P.S. There are a lot of people who do not like what I have to
say. . .please be wary of people posing to be supportive on MAI-Not who
are in fact simply monitoring the list serve on behalf of the N.Z.
Bob Olsen Toronto email@example.com (:-)
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