8 Jun 2009

Hide defends appointment process to Auckland agency

5:53 pm on 8 June 2009

The Government has defended the way it handled appointments to the Auckland Transition Agency after the Labour Party said the correct legal process might not have been followed.

Five people have been appointed to the agency, which will oversee the restructuring of local government in Auckland.

Labour's Auckland Issues spokesperson, Phil Twyford, says the Government jumped the gun by naming the board members before the legislation setting up the agency came into effect.

But Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says Mr Twyford should give up bush lawyering and instead focus his attention on the serious problems facing Auckland.

Mr Hide says the Interpretation Act provides for appointments to be made in the way they were for the Auckland Transition Agency.