Rethinking local government

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3rd March, 2012
After the last general election, the first sentence of the written briefing given to the incoming Minister of Local Government, who happened to be Nick Smith, read, “As Minister of Local Government, you will set the direction and priorities for the local government portfolio.” Smith’s detractors may accuse him of many things, but failing to follow the brief cannot be one of them. In an interview with the Listener, published in last week’s issue, Smith certainly set the direction. No one who reads that article can claim not to know where he is coming from or where he is going ...

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