Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Regional Governance Debate Reopened In Auck Region

Regional Governance Debate Reopened In Auckland Region

A single unitary authority for the Auckland region is on the shortlist of governance options that Auckland City Council last night agreed to investigate further.

Mayor Chris Fletcher welcomes debate on this proposal, which was launched in a discussion paper on regional governance by the region’s mayors in March last year.

The council also agreed to investigate the role of community boards in any structural reform that involves amalgamation of the existing territorial local authorities. Any further amalgamation will require strengthening their role to maintain local representation and grassroots democracy, says Mrs Fletcher.

The time is right for this debate, she says. The councils in the Auckland region are already working together on a number of separate reviews of services they share, including water, land transport and the Local Government Act.

"A review of governance issues will be a logical part of that and open debate was the intention of the Mayoral Forum last year when they released the discussion paper on the future of local government in our region. It is appropriate for Auckland City to take the lead, in fact this is already set out in our city’s strategic plan."

The region’s mayors have indicated their resolve to see the discussion continued and the need for a regional approach to common issues is highlighted by growth pressures, she says.

"All major issues facing Auckland councils are regional.


Page Two

“Traffic congestion, for example, is a critical issue to be solved and we recognise that both roading and public transport will need to be part of the solution. Negotiating with Tranz Rail on rail corridor access has highlighted for me the need to think and strategise regionally.”

“We need to move fast to address some of the region’s most critical issues and you cannot move forward easily if decisions are being duplicated by eight individual councils” says Mrs Fletcher.


For more information, please contact:
Chris Fletcher, Mayor of Auckland City, tel: 307 7581 or 025 276 0013.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news