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Giving NZers Confidence In Their Local Council

Press Release
Giving New Zealanders Confidence In Their Local Council
Rodney Hide MP
Monday, December 8 2008

Minister of Local Government Rodney Hide today released the formal Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) prepared by Local Government New Zealand.

"As Local Government Minister, I have primary responsibility for local government and for its overall effectiveness - the Minister is not responsible for specific decisions or actions of local Councils," Mr Hide said.

"As well as the formal legal role, I will have a leadership role - and that's the key role as I see it. I want the 85 local authorities to account for their spending and effectiveness in a way which gets the full confidence of their citizens.

"The briefing shows that the decade from 1998-2007 saw a constant trend of rates and expenses rising faster than general inflation. After adjusting for inflation, rates rose by 41.6 percent.

"I want a New Zealand where ordinary ratepayers can say 'my Council does a good job, and spends my money wisely'. That's the goal I will urge Councils to work towards - and I urge all citizens to take a keen interest in the progress they are making," Mr Hide said.


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