Local focus

All the latest local government news from around the country.

Merger update to follow election – Hawkes Bay

The amalgamation debate looks certain to continue into 2015 after the Local Government Commission said yesterday it will not issue an amended proposal on merging Hawke's Bay's five councils until after the general election.



Merger talks bring fears of ghost towns – Hawkes Bay

Wairoa and Waipukurau will become ghost towns if a proposal to merge Hawke's Bay's five councils goes ahead, local mayors say.



Financial probe at Dunedin Council

The Dunedin City Council has called in financial investigators after an internal review found irregularities in two departments.



Council to investigate merger – Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty Regional Council intends to take a lead role on the controversial issue of amalgamating the Bay's local authorities, with the possibility it might launch a "pre-emptive strike" with its own proposal.



Duo get behind single-council push – Bay of Plenty

The rest of the firepower behind the group pushing for a single council for the Western Bay of Plenty has been revealed, with Graeme Horsley and John Gordon insisting that amalgamation made compelling strategic and economic sense.



The not quite living wage – Wellington City

Wellington City Council is refusing to be dictated to on its commitment to a living wage policy.