Evidence lacking for Northland council amalgamation

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The Public Service Association has told a Local Government Commission hearing in Kaikohe that there is a lack of evidence supporting a proposed amalgamation of Northland councils.

Glenn Barclay, PSA Acting National Secretary, said “We are not opposed to amalgamations on principle, but in Northland’s case we do not believe sufficient evidence exists.”

“PSA members working in the Northland’s local government are uniquely placed to assess the needs of the diverse communities.

“Our members across the Northland councils overwhelmingly opposed amalgamation when surveyed.
 
“PSA members are concerned that the needs of Northland communities will be harder to meet in a more centralised system.

“The PSA has urged the Commission not to proceed with amalgamation,” said Glenn Barclay.