8 Mar 2014

Mayors canvass Super City worries

8:49 pm on 8 March 2014

A group of mayors from throughout the country are meeting in Taupo on Monday to discuss their concerns about proposed Super Cities.

The meeting is being organised by the Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace, who has confirmed the mayor of Opotiki, John Forbes, is also attending amongst others.

Mr Forbes is the vice president of Local Government New Zealand but will not be representing that organisation at the meeting.

The local government minister, Paula Bennett, was also invited but declined.

Mr Wallace says he is concerned the Local Government Commission has already made its mind up about the fate of areas being considered for Super Cities.

He says those attending will pay for their own travel and the lunch is being paid for by the Hutt City Council.

Mr Wallace says this is the first of many such meetings.