3 Jun 2010

Public meetings now required for council organisations

6:22 am on 3 June 2010

Parliament has made a late change to the third Auckland super-city bill, that will require council-controlled organisations to hold at least two public meetings a year.

The organisations, will manage and run many of the city's services and assets, such as water.

MPs spent Tuesday and Wednesday debating changes to the final bill.

An amendment forcing the holding of public meetings was put forward by Labour MP George Hawkins.

He said CCOs will be incredibly powerful organisations under the new council structure, and without the change, Aucklanders would have had no ability to influence their decision making.

Parliament is expected to pass the bill on Thursday.

The new Auckland Council comes into being on 1 November.