Council pushes for four-year term

The Christchurch City Council is pushing for the Government to extend the term of councils to four years.

In a submission prepared on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill, the council says the current three-year cycle for council elections is too short.

A four-year cycle, it says, would allow councils to make more headway with long-term plans and also result in cost savings for the community as there are significant costs in running elections.

Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor has backed the proposal.

Extending council terms to four years would encourage more long-term thinking and behaviour, he said.

His councillors had not discussed the idea, but his view was that it made sense.

"But I think it needs to be part of a bigger discussion about what is the appropriate term for both central and local government."

He said he would not want to see local and national elections in the same year.

The Press