Auckland governance inquiry team named

Last updated 00:00 31/10/2007

Relevant offers

Politics

PM: Winston Peters looking for attention with race-based attacks on reporters Budget will bump up NZ's infrastructure spending, finance minister signals Horowhenua mayor attempts once again to reinstate his ousted deputy When the river runs dry: The true cost of NZ water The immigration debate: Please leave your logic at the border A brief glossary of terms politicians use in the immigration debate Maori land reform bill continues to divide Mana and the Maori Party despite a promise to work together NZ's net migration gain still at record highs near 72,000 as arrivals continue to climb Reserve Bank promotes Geoff Bascand, possible future governor, to deputy chief executive Ilam candidate Raf Manji questions how incumbent Gerry Brownlee can juggle roles

The Government has announced the membership and terms of reference for the royal commission of inquiry into the governance of Auckland.

Local Government Minister Mark Burton said yesterday that the commission would be chaired by retired High Court judge Peter Salmon, QC, who would work alongside public service doyenne Dame Margaret Bazley and local government rates inquiry chairman David Shand.

Critics say Auckland's four city councils, three district councils and one regional council are too many – spawning too many bureaucrats, costing too much and making it too difficult to get agreement on key infrastructure projects.

Last year, the four city mayors discussed the proposal of a super- council.

But the idea was shelved after opposition from the Rodney, Papakura and Franklin districts, Auckland Regional Council, and many councillors from the four cities, who were shut out of discussions.

The Government announced this year that a royal commission would look at the issues.

Mr Burton said yesterday that the commission's terms of reference would include looking into the governance, institutional and ownership structures and funding responsibilities that would best help the Auckland region provide key infrastructure, services and facilities; the legislative changes needed to meet the commission's recommendations; and what changes to the boundaries of the Auckland region would be necessary.

Mr Burton said a healthy Auckland was crucial to a successful New Zealand economy.

"The issues about Auckland's future governance are complex and the royal commission will provide for careful and thorough investigation and consultation to identify the most appropriate long-term governance arrangements . . . to secure its future as an internationally competitive city and region."

No date has yet been set for submissions.

Areas specifically excluded in the commission's terms include funding arrangements with central government. Mr Burton said that was because any funding from central government was up to the government of the day to decide.

Northern Employers and Manufacturers Association chief executive Alasdair Thompson said the lobby group had absolute confidence in the commission's appointed members.

"We are delighted at the calibre of people chosen for this critical role."

Ad Feedback

- NZPA

Special offers
Opinion poll

Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?

If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.

I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.

It's just part of the political game.

Vote Result

Related story: Voters reject riding on the coat-tails

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content