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Leadership, not more reviews, needed for local govt

Jacqui Dean - Local Government

15 May 2018

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta should show some leadership on funding for councils rather than establishing yet another review to gather dust, National’s Local Government Spokesperson Jacqui Dean says.

“Ms Mahuta needs to get on with her job instead of asking the Productivity Commission to do it for her.

“All this while the public has already been waiting for decisions on local government funding, a flagship policy for this Government, for almost eight months.

“But now the Commission, which is still to receive its terms of reference, could take another year to make any recommendations.

“This is starting to look like a case of déjà vu. The last inquiry into rates that occurred under her watch between 2007 and 2008 resulted in 96 recommendations, but Ms Mahuta didn’t bother to do anything about any of them.

“Councils and their ratepayers are under pressure to provide essential services for their communities, like three waters, roading and housing, along with managing tourism growth.

“They need answers now - they don’t need a minister who seems happy to ride on the coattails of consultants and hide behind reviews which go nowhere and achieve even less.”

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