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All the latest local government news from around New Zealand.

Councils consider IT merger options – Wellington

Merging the Wellington region's council IT services could cost ratepayers $75 million, chief executives have been told:



Parking warden bashed while on duty in Auckland

A parking warden was admitted to hospital after being attacked on duty in Auckland:



Councils cut spending, Waikato District makes big gains

Waikato District Council is the rising financial star of local authorities in the Waikato. Statistics New Zealand has released financial information for local authorities for the year ended June 2013:



Councils to lobby on super-cities

Super-City opponents have won a small victory against unwanted amalgamation:



Council employment hearing ends - Whangarei

A sacked Whangarei District Council employee launched a scathing attack on her former boss and chief executive Mark Simpson in a letter to a friend, describing him as "nasty" and saying she felt like being released from prison after her dismissal: 



Council struggling to supply trained inspectors for rebuild

The Christchurch City Council admits it does not have enough building inspectors on the ground but says it has exhausted the supply of appropriately trained people in New Zealand:



Local Govt Amendment Passes Into Law

Legislation amending councils’ ability to charge development level fees passed into law this evening after the Government completed it Budget’s process for the year: