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All the latest local government new from around New Zealand.

Sharing public services saves money - Wairarapa

Sharing vital public services is resulting in plenty of savings for ratepayers. Over one million dollars has been saved by sharing a roading contract, said Mark Allingham, group manager infrastructure and services for South Wairarapa District Council.



Election delays call on super-city option - Wellington

The preferred super-city option for Wellington region will not be revealed until after the general election, the Local Government Commission has announced.



Debate over Waikato's water is heating up

Several Hamilton city councillors have warned that a move to a business-style of managing water across councils is the first step towards metering and privatising water.



SFO probe into Far North District Council 'significant'

An investigation into alleged fraud at the Far North District Council has been labelled "significant and rare" by Local Government New Zealand.



Corporate NZ invited to be Living Wage

ANZ made a profit of $1.2billion in 2012-13 (up 8%) and yet their cleaners are on wages just above the Minimum Wage. Living Wage Aotearoa has contacted 42 top corporates in New Zealand to invite them to pay a Living Wage to all workers and become accredited like the small to medium enterprises that have come on board in the last few months.

Oxfam and Waitakere Union Health Centre are among the organisations that are inaugural Living Wage Employers 2014-15.

Shouldn't corporate New Zealand be joining them?  PWC, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Fonterra, Land Corp, PGG Wrightson, Chen Palmer, Westpac, BNZ, Kiwi Bank, TSB, NZX, Telecom, Vodafone,2 Degrees, Chorus, Bell Gully, Chapman Tripp, Silver Fern Farms, to name a few of those contacted.

Do you know ethical employers that may want to become accredited?  For more information go to www.livingwage.org.nz