by Eugenie Sage
As part of the Local Government and Environment select committee I have been listening to people and organisations from all around New Zealand who strongly oppose the changes to local government that National is forcing through.
The Government’s claiming its main rationale for making these changes is financial, so Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) commissioned a report to analyse the last 10-20 years of fiscal performance of local government and they concluded that councils have not been fiscally irresponsible.
You can download the whole report but NZ Institute of Economic Research Inc (NZIER) have also put together this great poster which summarises their findings.
People are telling the select committee loud and clear that local government shouldn’t be restricted in their purpose, now the quantitative evidence is also telling the same story. So what’s National’s real agenda for changing local government?