Local focus

All the latest local government news from around New Zealand.

NZ's top 10% are richer than rest

The richest 10 per cent of New Zealanders are wealthier than the rest of the population combined, according to figures cited by Oxfam NZ.



City Council unveils restructure - Tauranga

Tauranga City Council is to undergo a massive restructure involving internal job swaps that will see 52 jobs disappear, and the creation of 54 new ones.



Super-city consultants' fees soar – Wellington

Consultants are the winners in the tussle over Wellington's political future, earning more than $1 million from the region's ratepayers in the past three years.



Govt cold on council tax ideas

Auckland councillor Penny Webster is to lead Local Government NZ's search for more cash to pay for local infrastructure and will investigate local income, consumption, and payroll taxes.



Jobs there 'for everyone who wants to be placed' - Dunedin

The fates of 18 Dunedin Public Libraries staff will be known over the next few weeks following the ''disestablishment'' of their jobs.



Citifleet now fraud inquiry – Dunedin

An inquiry into the disappearance of dozens of Dunedin City Council vehicles - and allegations of missing hundreds of thousands of dollars - is now a fraud investigation, council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose has confirmed.



Big cuts loom in bid to keep cap on rates rise – Auckland

Cutting back funding for park maintenance, reducing library hours and scrapping inorganic rubbish collections are among options being considered by a cash-strapped Auckland Council.