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


Unitary Authority Status for Rodney not Feasible

26 October 2005

Report Shows Unitary Authority Status for Rodney not Feasible at This Time

A report commissioned by the Rodney District Council has found that acquiring regional authority powers is not a realistic objective for the Council at present.

The report, "Should Rodney District Council Become a Unitary Authority?", was presented to Rodney District councillors last Thursday.

It says that taking over Auckland Regional Council services in the district, such as regional parks, would impose a significant financial burden on Rodney ratepayers.

It also highlights the procedural difficulties of changing Rodney's status to a unitary authority. That includes achieving a 50% approval for the move from ratepayer polls in every one of seven affected territorial authorities in the Auckland region.

In addition, Rodney going it alone would have little operational merit, the report concludes. Instead it sees considerable benefit in building a partnership with Auckland Regional Council in the provision of infrastructure, and particularly in the acquisition and management of recreational facilities such as the regional parks.

Mayor John Law has welcomed the report's findings in principle, describing them as sensible and carefully researched and considered. "There is a high degree of logic in what Mr Sears has presented," he says.

"It would appear to be very difficult and of dubious benefit to try and progress a unitary authority status for Rodney in the context of the current legislative environment."

The council voted unanimously in favour of the report being received by council, with a majority voting for it to be given further consideration in the event a change in government legislation prompted the issue to be raised again.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Wealth: Two NZers Own More Than Poorest 30%

A staggering 28 per cent of all wealth created in New Zealand in 2017 went to the richest 1 per cent of Kiwis, while the 1.4 million people who make up the poorest 30 per cent of the population got barely 1 per cent, according to new research released by Oxfam.

The research also reveals that 90 per cent of New Zealand owns less than half the nation’s wealth.

The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>


Employment: Joint Working Group On Pay Equity Principles Reconvened

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Iain Lees-Galloway, and Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, are reconvening the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles as the next step in pay equity for New Zealand women. More>>


Hapū: Prime Minister And Clarke Gayford Expecting First Child

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, have announced that they are expecting their first child in June. “We’re both really happy. We wanted a family but weren’t sure it would happen for us, which has made this news unexpected but exciting." More>>


Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care. Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More >>

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List. “Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said. More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>





Featured InfoPages