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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Amalgamation: a very weak case

The Local Government Commission's report on council amalgamation in Wellington is due out tomorrow. Porirua Mayor and amalgamation advocate Nick Leggett has written an op-ed in today's Dominion Post which in my view shows how weak the case for amalgamation is. 

The issues of transport could easily be managed by cross-council organisatons, without undermining local democracy. We have already achieved major gains through shared services in areas such as water reticulation (through Capacity Infrastructure, which is owned by the main territorial authorities in the metropolitan Wellington region).

I'll be waiting for the report(s) tomorrow.