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'Highly unusual' use of ratepayer funds for 3 waters ads

Oliver Lewis
Thu, 28 Apr 2022

'Highly unusual' use of ratepayer funds for 3 waters ads
Local government minister Nanaia Mahuta is leading the controversial three waters reforms (Image: Getty).
Oliver Lewis
Thu, 28 Apr 2022
A breakaway group of councils opposing the controversial three waters reforms discussed using ratepayer funds to promote like-minded local councillors ahead of the upcoming elections.The president of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), Stuart Crosby, said it was “highly unusual” to use ratepayer money in this way so close to an election.Communities 4 Local Democracy (C4LD), which was set up last year following disappointment at the way LGNZ approached the reforms, emailed councillors throughout New Zealand in February asking them t...

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