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Rural lobby seeks Hide's ear on local govt funding review

Wellington, Oct 6 NZPA - A big rural lobby, Federated Farmers, says it is battling for changes to the way that councils are funded.

NZ interest rate unchanged at 3 pct

NZ interest rate unchanged at 3 pct
Wellington, Sept 16 NZPA - Many economists are expecting the official cash rate (OCR) to stay at 3 percent for the rest of 2010, with the Reserve Bank leaving it unchanged today.

NZ interest rate unchanged at 3 pct

NZ interest rate unchanged at 3 pct
Wellington, Sept 16 NZPA - The Reserve Bank has left official interest rates unchanged at 3 percent, taking into account the Canterbury earthquake and a softening outlook for economic growth.

Aucklanders could face hefty cost for super city

Aucklanders could face hefty cost for super city
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Aucklanders could face hefty costs for the formation of the new super city.

PM presses for more interest in local body elections

PM presses for more interest in local body elections
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - An examination of local government and its role -- including further amalgamations -- was announced by Local Government Minister Rodney Hide this morning.

$240,000 salary set for super city mayor

Wellington, June 24 NZPA - If Auckland Mayor John Banks manages to win the super city mayoralty in October he can expect a pay rise of almost $80,000.

Tourism concerned by proposed local government changes

Tourism concerned by proposed local government changes
Wellington, June 18 NZPA - Tourism could be hit hard if local councils stop investing in it, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.

Govt remains staunch over Ecan issue

Govt remains staunch over Ecan issue
Wellington, June 14 NZPA - A thousands-strong water protest in Christchurch yesterday has not weakened the Government's stance over its decision to sort Environment Canterbury's (Ecan) management problems itself.

Super city merger and redundancy costs questioned

Super city merger and redundancy costs questioned
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Discussion about the cost of looming redundancies resulting from the merging of councils in Auckland is premature and unfair to staff who are affected by the changes, says Local Government Minister Rodney Hide.

Govt accepts Labour amendment to bill

Govt accepts Labour amendment to bill
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - The Government has accepted a Labour Party amendment to the bill that sets up Auckland's new super city council. It will force Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to hold at least two public meetings a year.

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