13 Jul 2011

Christchurch opt-out of regional council suggested

1:53 pm on 13 July 2011

Local Government Minister Rodney Hide is suggesting the Canterbury Regional Council be stripped of any any authority over Christchurch City.

Mr Hide says those powers should be handed to the city council so the focus is not split between city and rural areas.

He says it would allow the regional council to work more closely with rural authorities.

Canterbury's regional councillors were sacked last year and replaced by Government-appointed commissioners.