12 Oct 2014

Govt to consult on Canterbury elections

6:58 am on 12 October 2014

The Prime Minister says elections for Canterbury regional councillors could be held in 2015, but consultation will be held beforehand.

Protestors say government's sacking of Canterbury Regional Council is a breach of natural justice

About 100 people held a protest in Christchurch in May 2014 to mark four years since the new council was set up. Photo: RNZ / Jemma Brackebush

The Government appointed seven commissioners to replace the 14 elected councillors after a critical external report on how the council was being run, in 2010.

John Key said a discussion document on the council will be released before the end of the year.

"People will have a chance to actually give their say about how democracy should be restored when it comes to ECAN here in Christchurch. I think realistically there are two options - one is totally democratically elected councillors or a mixture of the two for a period of time."

Mr Key said the Government would like to see democracy restored to the council.

Canterbury Regional Council is to put rates up 5 percent.

Environment Canterbury (ECAN) has a pivotal role in managing the region's air, water and land. Photo: PHOTO NZ

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