Future of local government to be announced

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Local Government Commission chairman Basil Morrison will be in Bay of Islands next Tuesday to announce the future of local government in Northland.
Local Government Commission chairman Basil Morrison will be in Bay of Islands next Tuesday to announce the future of local government in Northland.

The possible future shape of local government in Northland should be released by the Local Government Commission in the Bay of Islands on Tuesday.
The Commission will announce its decisions on local government reorganisation in the Northland region at a media conference that will be hosted by Local Government Commission chairman Basil Morrison. He will be supported by fellow Commissioners Anne Carter and Grant Kirby and the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Donald Riezebos.
The decisions follow consideration of the reorganisation application lodged by Far North District Council in December 2012. The FNDC applied to form a unitary authority taking over the functions of the current district and regional councils.
More than 40 alternative applications were made following the original application, including for two unitary authorities - one based on the FNDC boundaries and the other including the Whangarei and Kaipara Districts - and one from the Northland Regional Council for one unitary authority covering the whole of the region.
The Commission made five visits to Northland to consult with interested and affected groups. Commissioners also held eleven public meetings in 10 Northland towns during
August 2013 to answer questions and discuss the process.

- Northern Advocate

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