13 Mar 2014

Local Govt Commmission told to think again

9:24 pm on 13 March 2014

The Local Government Commission has been told to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better idea for council reform in Northland.

The commission has been hearing public submissions around the north in March on its proposal for a super council and seven community boards.

The Northland Regional Council told the commission on Thursday it needs to do more work and write a fresh draft.

Chairman Bill Shepherd says for the reforms to work, the region would need much stronger local boards with their own powers and budgets.

He says changes to the Local Government Act, due later this year, would allow the creation of such boards in Northland and the commission should wait for the law change.

Mr Shepherd says the final proposal should also include more options for Maori representation.

The hearings end in Whangarei on Friday.