The Local Government Commission is proceeding at a breakneck pace over its intentions, rather like an under-employed, self-serving lawyer eager to charge fees to a new client.
The Commission wants councils and the public to make submissions to it on its proposals on the Wellington ‘super-city’ by Monday 2 March, less than 3 weeks away, and then wants the ‘super-city’ in place by October next year, which is when the next general local body elections take place. Just about everyone Geoffrey has spoken to is incredulous about this timetable.
The proposal should be rejected outright for the reasons given elsewhere. For that reason, and personal experience with making time-consuming and unheeded submissions to government bureaucrats generally, I am not bothering to make a submission. When the proposals are in their final form, we will campaign for a ‘no’ vote from voters.