Clarification of reason behind 1989 local Govt reforms.
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Dear Department of Internal Affairs,
I live in the Taihape Ward, which is part of the Rangitikei District under Mayor Andy Watson.
I understand that at the beginning of the year 1989 there were 850 local bodies within NZ. Later in the year that number was cut to just 86. Taihape was one of the casualties affected by this legislation.
I officially request the following information:
1. How many mayors and in which towns did they lead within the current geographic boundaries of the 'Rangitikei District' prior to the 1989 reforms.
2. What was the principle reason or reasons that lead the NZ Govt to carry out these reforms?
3. What data does our govt hold and/or what research either officially commissioned or ad hoc, or whatever - regarding the effectiveness of the 1989 reforms and what positive and negative effects it has had on me as an NZ tax and rate payer? I request that you release to me all this information.
Thanks for your time,
From: Jemma Dacy
Department of Internal Affairs
Please find attached the Department of Internal Affairs’ response to your
request for information about the 1989 local government reforms.
Jemma Dacy | Policy Analyst | Ministerial Advice | Policy Group
Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
147 Lambton Quay | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand