It is time to reign in the ambit of local councils, but the Government better be ready to recentralise some of their burdens.
In our DIY culture, it’s a well-known syndrome: you do up one bit of the house, and overnight everything else looks shabby or out of proportion, and suddenly there’s exponentially more work to do. The Government’s up-do of Auckland’s local authority structure last term has similarly lumbered it with a much bigger job. Now the whole local body structure seems hopelessly out of whack. At least when it’s a nice old bungalow, you don’t get any push-back when you decide to knock out a wall or two. City Hall will always fight back.
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