Wednesday, 3 May 2006

Consultation fatigue

Whangarei people are apparently sick of council intervention in their lives, and perhaps have realised that since most 'consultation' simply ignores the views of those consulted that 'consultation' is simply another word for time-wasting. "Consulation fatigue" is what Whangarei councill officers are calling the present spate of poor attendance at meetings called to 'consult' over the latest District Plan -- meetings at which council officers generally outnumber residents.

Perhaps people are getting the message that most 'consultation' is simply a smokescreen, a sop to patronise and eventually ignore the views of those who have strong opinions to the measures proposed?

TAGS: RMA, Bureaucracy, New_Zealand


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