The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union has launched a petition to "Keep It The Tron"
. The petition opposes recent efforts to change Hamilton’s name to “Kirikiriroa”, or a dual name.
Taxpayers' Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “If the Council considers a name change, it will mean a divisive consultation
process, a potential referendum, ratepayer-funded revamps of branding and signage, and staff and councillors' time
“The name change would then have to be considered by a Government body, the New Zealand Geographic Board, meaning
taxpayers across the country have to cough up."
"The Council is currently on track to hike rates by 3.8 percent during a literal pandemic. Surely Councillors’ time and
attention would be better focused at reducing this whack to ratepayers?”“Hamilton City Council should ignore the vocal
minority and stick to their core business of delivering value for ratepayers.”
The petition can be signed at www.taxpayers.org.nz/the_tron
New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
New Zealand's grassroots campaign for lower taxes and less government waste
The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is an independent activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in
the corridors of power. It's here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their
tax dollar. New Zealanders are invited to join and donate at http://taxpayers.org.nz