Local focus

All the latest local government news from around the country.

Pro-super-city book launched

Auckland's super-city is sprinting ahead while Wellington languishes in debate, says a prominent lawyer. Author and lawyer Mai Chen said creating Auckland's super-city was "hugely successful" and transformed the region into political force.



Online voting urged for local elections

Online voting is again being urged as a way of stemming the decline in voting in local government elections.



Warning of debt burden for amalgamated regions – Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt Deputy Mayor David Bassett warned New Zealand ratepayers that ‘supercity’ amalgamation of their regions by the Local Government Commission was likely to create a heavy debt burden.



Greater Waikato amalgamation plan floated

The Waikato branch of the Property Council held a meeting in Hamilton  to present and discuss its draft submission to the Local Government Commission.



Council may have got cuts 'very wrong' – Tauranga Mayor

Tauranga mayor Stuart Crosby has admitted council may have got proposed cuts in this years draft annual plan "very wrong" after more than than 700 people opted to make submissions on the document.



Hamilton City Libraries review underway

A review of Hamilton City Libraries aims to deliver a more effective and efficient libraries service for the city.