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Time to show local government the ‘rabbit’

Pattrick Smellie
Thu, 15 Jul 2021

The heat will be on Nanaia Mahuta and her water reforms during this week's local government annual conference. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Thu, 15 Jul 2021
The weather forecast for Blenheim over the next two days is as cold as the grave, but the temperature inside the town’s events centre is likely to be toasty for ministers attending the Local Government New Zealand conference there.Local government, against the odds, has become one of the most action-packed areas of policy reform, with a total overhaul of the Resource Management Act gathering steam, a total review of the role of local government in play, and a total reform of water services causing angst.The water services reforms are the...

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