The delegated financial authority for Hastings District Council's new chief executive has increased from $500,000 to $5 million - a figure which a local governance academic says undermines democracy.

However, HDC says the change will result in greater efficiency and is subject to "stringent checks and balances for this delegated authority".

The decision, which was adopted by councillors at a public meeting on May 2, increased the level of delegation to the chief executive Nigel Bickle "for contracts covering the purchase of goods and services already budgeted".

As a comparison, Napier City Council's chief executive Wayne Jack's delegated authority cap

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