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Local councils to get assistance from NZ government

April 10, 2019 12:36 pm
Premila Kumar

The Ministry of Local Government will work with development partners focusing on strengthening governance frameworks.

This is in addition to the review and reform of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minister responsible, Premila Kumar says an overseas mission will be in the country next week to assess the current regulations.

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“A team from New Zealand will be in the country from 17th April for an exploratory study to identify areas where they can assist in improving the governance of municipal council and I think the New Zealand government and in particular the New Zealand High Commissioner for this assistance. Mr. Speaker Sir, UN Women is also funding my Ministry to develop single legislation for municipal markets.”

Kumar says reforms will first need to be carried out before municipal elections are even considered.

The Local Government will over the coming weeks appoint Special Administrators to oversee the running of the various municipalities.

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