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Key Relaxed About Further Changes To Auckland City Boundaries

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Fuseworks Media
John Key
John Key

Wellington, Sept 7 NZPA - The proposed boundary of the Auckland super city could be changed again if the communities involved want that to happen, Prime Minister John Key said today.

A parliamentary select committee last week recommended changes to the proposed boundaries of the new council with the top half of Rodney moving into Kaipara and some southern portions of Franklin switching into Waikato.

Some have objected to the changes

Rodney District Mayor Penny Webster said her district would be split in half under this proposal, which was some way from the suggestion of a Rodney unitary authority which residents wanted.

"If it was further north the split had been made I could have understood that, but this split doesn't make any sense at all, and this is not what the people asked for," Ms Webster said last week.

Mr Key said he was relaxed about a further change saying the Government had made changes because it thought that was what the local communities wanted.

"If the community decides now that it actually it wants to be all in the super city when it comes to Rodney, or that they believe the boundary could be cut in a slightly more appropriate place when it comes to Franklin, then there is a window of opportunity to them," Mr Key said.

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