The first 100 days

Since his election win, John Key has been quietly beavering away, ridding us of many of the irksome laws that Labour had earlier passed. Many of these were a pain in the butt, and the Green Party had many more in the wings should they retain their position of support. These were part of the price and trade off that Labour had to pay for retaining power. These laws and legislation were all related to deals cut with the Minor Parties, as payback for their support. These quirky and mainly unpopular laws, were what had enabled Labour to form a Government, conversely, these were in main the same laws that got up the noses of the public, and what really what defeated them in the end. Power at any price didn’t go down well with the Public.


School Tuck Shop edicts to what they must sell, was an ‘over control’ as well, and it was proving to be difficult to administer. This also resulted actually in the actual closure of many facilities, as the operators or franchisees faced such loss of income, reached the point where trading was no longer an option, all the while watching their former customers march on by to the nearest Dairy.


The latest law to come under the spot light and revision is the Resources Management Act. If there has ever been an Act that has been misused from what it was designed for, this is it. While it’s principals are exemplary, some of it’s provisions and loopholes were eagerly used and exploited to frustrate many enterprises and delay projects for years, or even hold up something to the point where the proposer, just gave up and abandoned his proposal, rather than struggle their way through expensive appeal, after appeal.


In some cases it was used as a blatant restraint of trade by a competitor, stopping any idea or ambition of commencing a similar business on main street, which clearly is not what the law was designed for. Property Council Chief Executive Connal Townsend said, ‘For nearly 20 years, projects and developments that could have provided thousands of jobs and added to our Nation’s wealth had been chocked to death by never ending objections, and counter objections’. Appeals, and consultations. Thank goodness for Prime Minister Key bringing a little common sense to this expensive red tape operation. I hope at the same time those who bring these many these mischievous and vexatious appeals, are prepared to pay a little more too. It has been proposed that filing fees be increased to $500. It will interesting to see the detail of the Bill, if John Key can get it passed through Parliament. I don’t how he is doing it, but the usual hostile press, TV reporters, are giving him a free run. Maybe he is moving too fast and of course, the commentators must think we are all on holiday, as they have been for the past month or so.


There are subtle signs that things are changing in New Zealand, I have noticed the odd placard sign on the street advertising a Carpenter available for work. Able to commence work immediately. Normally you couldn’t find a carpenter here for love or money. Another strange thing that’s noticeable is that there is a spate of new fences being professionally built and other small domestic work being carried out on homes here. I pass on my way cross town at least eight new fences being constructed, that are clearly the work of tradesmen.


I think too that shortly we can expect the migration flow to Australian to stop, and reverse, as jobs over there dry up. It will effect many of those employed by the mining sector enterprises, who are already struggling with cancelled orders. What effect this will have on our housing and job markets here we will just have to wait and see.

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