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Jobs go, created in council shake-up - Manawatu

A structural shake-up at Manawatu District Council has resulted in more jobs being created than culled.



Napier Mayor says the Auckland Super City is an experiment gone wrong

As the amalgamation debate continues Napier Mayor Bill Dalton speaks out against Auckland’s formation of a Super City saying it is an experiment gone wrong....



Mayor against rush to merge councils – Bay of Plenty

Tauranga mayor Stuart Crosby is warning against rushing to amalgamate councils in Bay of Plenty.



Local Government Commission appointments

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett announced the reappointment of Basil Morrison (Chair) and Anne Carter, and the appointment of Janie Annear as Members of the Local Government Commission.



Restructuring for efficiency at libraries – Dunedin

Staffing at Dunedin libraries is being restructured in a bid to make the service more efficient.



Council merger unpopular across country

Five North Island councils have jointly submitted a remit for Local Government New Zealand's next Annual General Meeting, aiming to turn around the organisation's previous "neutral" stance on a process which threatens to amalgamate local authorities against the wishes of residents.