10 Feb 2010

North Rodney residents present petition to MPs

10:17 pm on 10 February 2010

A petition signed by 6000 North Rodney residents opposed to their inclusion in the Auckland super-city has presented a petition to MPs at Parliament.

They are calling for the Government to allow them to opt out of the super-city and form their own council.

The petition was presented to National MPs Lockwood Smith and John Carter, and Local Government Minister Rodney Hide.

Kaipara Mayor Neil Tiller was there to support the North Rodney residents, saying it would make more sense for the two rural areas to create a new council.

Dr Smith, the MP for Rodney, acknowledged the strength of feeling, saying it is an unresolved issue.

However, Mr Hide said the Government has made its decision and the law has been passed.