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Friday
Aug022013

Unitary Authority

In the interests of tranparency, read here the Sam Napia's Report on progress to date with the development of a proposal for local government re-organisation - primarily the proposal for a Coromandel et al Unitary Authority to go to Council next Wednesday.

Also, the 'Indicative Work Programme'. Note that it is proposed to place the final Report on the proposal before the 30 October Council Meeting - a fortnight after the Election. It is indicated that this is not necessarily aimed at obtaining approval to submit the proposal to the Local Government Commission - but rather to have it up their sleeves just in case any other organisation (WRC?) decides to proceeed with their own proposal in the meantime.

That appears a prudent step, but again, I abhor the apparent absence of any sense of necessity to publicly consult such a proposal. It seems to me that this has become the curent modus operandi within this Council - workshops, decision, then maybe consult. I hope I am wrong in this regard, but we only have what we are told to go on.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi Bill,

On this matter, the Hauraki Herald reported on page 35 no less, under the headline "TCDC amalgamation plan rejected", that both Hugh Vercoe Mayor of Matammata-Piako District Council and John Tregida Mayor of Hauraki District Council had "no interest in amalgamating with anybody" with specific references being made to overtures being made by the TCDC - probably those being made through Mr. Napia. The poor guy was given an unforgivable hospital pass.

So his report, and any further action related to it, is now worth nothing insofar as it refers to amalgamation possibilities in the Thames Valley area. Political grandstanding within ones own community about other communities is all very well - until the others come to hear about it!

August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDal Minogue

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