Insight for Sunday 21 October 2012
Legislation to update local government is making its way through parliament and the declared aim is to provide greater clarity about councils’ role.
The Government wants councils to pare back their spending on social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being and instead stick to what are called core services.
It's also asking councils to rethink the way they are organised and suggests mergers to create bigger authorities and keep costs down.
Cushla Norman asks what are core services and what impact will reduced spending will have on communities?
(L-R) Wellington City Council offices; Wairarapa sign; Auckland Deputy Mayor, Penny Hulse.