"Critics miss the point" Minister Dunne
17 May 2017
"Mr McKenna of the Tax Payers Union and those of similar ilk miss the point about the breadth and scale of this reform. Sadly, they seem unwilling to make any attempt to learn." says Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne.
He goes on to attack those who have opposed elements of the new Fire and Emergency legislation.
In his piece titled "Fire Service reform will create new problems", Mac McKenna is highly critical of the reforms on grounds of cost. He argues that centralising our fire services will bring higher costs, and that the long-established system of funding the service through a levy on insurance is unfair.
News article summary of McKenna report Levy hike not justified
Our previous news article: Minister ignores issues as Bill passed
Full news item on Minister Dunne's response: NZ Herald - 17th May
Meanwhile the enabling legislation has now been passed however the regulations containing all the details are still being worked on.