Ridding ourselves of maddening laws, rules and regulations

Waitaki news
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Councils, developers, builders, farmers and private individuals are all seeking changes to a raft of Government requirements, directives and costs as well as calling for a return to more local discretion. Others are asking the Rules Reduction Taskforce to try to rid the country of its 'nanny state' culture.

Examples of submissions made to date include delays with land title transference, building permits and minor repairs, through to the Government and various departmental rules and regulations all of which appear to have provoked people's ire throughout the country.

Co- chair of the Rules Reduction Taskforce, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the changes sought by people at Wednesday's Oamaru and Waimate meetings had been heard at other meetings.

"There are a lot of people frustrated with some of the processes they are required to go through."

Mrs Dean said the Waitaki stage of the Taskforce enquiry finishes on Wednesday, April 22 following meetings at Twizel, Tekapo and Fairlie.

"Dunedin and Otago will follow later. Don't forget this is a great opportunity to have your thoughts and experiences heard by a committee that will make sure Government gets to hear about them.