Definition of Ministerial Responsibilities under Ministerial Warrant
Why the contribution is important
If Ministers can choose to refuse to enforce Sections of Acts within the porfolios they hold, the effect of the law is lost.
e.g. from 2006-2013, a succesion of three Ministers of Local Government refused to enforce section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002 which would have compelled the Kaipara District Council to consult with democratically elected representatives of Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents' Association , despite their continous appeals for Ministerial intervention. The result is a community divided, $57,000,000 owing in illegally struck loans, inappropriate and unaffordable infrastructure ( sewerage reticulation ) widespread cynism among voters leading to withdrawl from the political process , $179,000 in costs awarded against the democratically elected community leaders by the Court of Appeal on behalf of the Northland Regional Council.
The absence of a clear definition of Ministers' responsibilities and obligations left appelants without a reference point.
by alanwilliampreston on October 17, 2018 at 01:14AM