27 May 2010

Labour to attempt to restore Canterbury Regional Council

12:10 pm on 27 May 2010

Labour Party leader Phil Goff is to introduce a Member's bill to re-instate an elected Canterbury Regional Council.

Government-appointed commissioners took over from the council in May after a report highlighted problems with freshwater management.

The regional council election in October was deferred and is unlikely to be held until 2013.

Mr Goff says a draft bill to re-instate the council will be taken to Labour's caucus next week.

He says the bill will require the Commissioners to call elections within three months of it becoming law.