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Rodney district bill introduced to Parliament

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Darien Fenton
Darien Fenton

Wellington, June 17 NZPA - A bill to keep the Rodney district out of the new Auckland "super city" council's boundary was introduced to Parliament today.

The Government has already set the boundaries for the new council and the bill is part of a local campaign against being part of it.

Rodney District Council drafted the bill and it is being promoted by Labour MP Darien Fenton.

Council chief executive Rodger Kerr-Newell said there was strong opposition throughout the district to the inclusion and a poll had shown only 21 percent of residents supported it.

"The council has been thorough in the preparation of its position and would have been at odds with community sentiment and its own situation analysis if it had taken any other course," he said.

Local bills are treated like member's bills and are only debated every second Wednesday while Parliament is sitting.

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