14 Apr 2009

First step towards supercity: a transition agency

5:39 pm on 14 April 2009

Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says the first piece of legislation needed to establish an Auckland supercity will be processed under urgency.

The Government has made widespread changes to the proposals put forward by the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance, such as scrapping the recommendation for three Maori seats on a super-council and rejecting six sub-councils in favour of up to 30 community boards.

Auckland mayors and the head of the Auckland Regional Council are due to meet on Thursday, a day after Ngati Whatua hold a hui.

Mr Hide says that a technical bill setting up a transition agency will be passed under urgency but that there will be other opportunities for further debate.

The eight councils currently covering Auckland are to be replaced with an overall Auckland Council.