It seems this Labour government is fulfilling the dream of the former Helen Clarke-led regime and finalising its communist manifesto dreams.

Centralising education by removing the power from local boards of trustees as "many boards do not have the capacity and capabilities to do what is required of them".

Education Hubs would assume all the legal responsibilities and liabilities currently held by school boards.

Apparently Labour recommends abolishing regional polytechnics and centralising a number of functions into four regional hubs.

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Now I read that the government intends centralising the valuation of properties so they can fleece more money from the hard-working tax-paying public.

I wonder how many of the current politburo have actually run a business and produced something worthwhile at a profit. This is what produces income for the country, and creates jobs not paid by taxes.

How many have toiled away, fighting red tape and obtrusive bureaucracy, to achieve something worthwhile in their business, only to see governments, both central and local, taxing them in many and all forms?

People came to this country from the Pacific, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world to get a better life and escape the tyranny of social class and exorbitant wealth and power in the hands of a few.

Now it seems that exorbitant wealth and power is in the hands of politicians who pay themselves more each year, fleece those that try hard, and create more costly regulations to justify their existence.

It is a sad indictment on our society that we have regressed to the type of oppressive regime of governance that many forebears chose to escape.

SIMPLE COUNTRY LAD
Awanui