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Schedule of public hearings

Media Advisory

4 March 2015

Schedule of public hearings

Media are advised that the Local Government Commission will next week commence public hearings on its draft proposal for reorganisation of councils in the Wellington region.

The hearings are for those people who requested to speak further to their submission on the draft proposal. Media and members of the public are also free to attend as observers.

Hearings during the first week will be located in Lower Hutt and Wellington City. A more detailed list of the names of submitters will be released on the eve of the hearings, once attendance is confirmed.

Hearings will also be held in other areas in coming weeks, and there will be some evening hearings for those people who cannot make daytime appointments.

The hearings will be held before the three Commissioners: Basil Morrison (Chair), Anne Carter, and Janie Annear. The hearings are run along the lines of a Commission of Inquiry. Commissioners may question the submitters if they need elaboration on some points. However one submitter cannot cross-examine another submitter or the Commissioners. The Commissioners will not be available for media interviews at the hearings.

Please feel free to contact me (details below) with any questions. Other staff will also support the Commissioners on the ground and should be able to help with questions about process.

Schedule

Tuesday 10 March: Dowse Museum, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt. 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Wednesday 11 March: Amora Hotel, 170 Wakefield St, Wellington, 9.00am to 5.00pm

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