Published 4 December 2009
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has announced Cabinet decisions for the third bill to complete the legislative framework for the reform of Auckland’s governance. The bill will be introduced this month.
Mr Hide said yesterday: "The 2 previous bills have been about the what – the structure Auckland’s new council will have, and the who – the power & roles of the mayor, councillors & local board members. This bill is about the how.”
The third bill will:
transfer Auckland’s assets & liabilities to the new council, which will replace one regional council & 7 territorial councils to form a unitary authorityprotect the interests of staff who move from the old councils to the new council, andgive the new council the powers it needs to be up & running on 1 November 2010, while ensuring that change can occur smoothly.
Mr Hide said Cabinet made further decisions on details for the operation of local boards. It also put in place a process for the creation of new council-controlled organisations and made decisions that will lead to a statutory board to represent the interests of Maori, with specific recognition of the rights of the mana whenua of Auckland.
Arrangements will also be made for a Pacific advisory panel & an ethnic advisory panel to have input into council decision-making. Transition provisions for staff, assets & liabilities are included, along with details of how Auckland will move from 8 planning & rating processes to just one.
Websites: Cabinet summary of decisions
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Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.