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Local Government Commission Praised

Media Release
15 April 2004

Local Government Commission Praised

New Zealand First commends the Local Government Commission for its determinations on membership and basis of election for the forthcoming 2004 local body elections.

“The overall impression of the determinations was the forethought given to communities of interest, and the retention of community boards as constructive partners,” said local government spokesperson Jim Peters.

“The basis for council representation was utmost consideration for the total council area, with the rural and urban wards being but one part of an effective council.

“Moreover, the reduced size of local councils should enable more effective administration and the appropriate distinction between governance and the daily implementation of council policies.

“When new councils assume office in November, one of their early tasks should be to consider not only the governance of their district but the overall governance of the wider region.

“Within the three year period, without hurry or haste, consideration must be given to the best form of future governance, in the interests of ratepayers and citizens,” said Mr Peters.


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