Brian Rudman has a piece in the NZ Herald looking at the good side of the Auckland reorganisation. The potential for pooling resources. This was one of the reasons that there is widespread support for some kind of reorganization of Auckland into a single political structure. Just not with the proposal from Rodney Hide which effectively removes representation with powerless local boards and council electorates that are too large.
These will all become part of the patrimony of the region come amalgamation day. If I were a politician from the outlands, I’d be drawing up plans to ensure an equitable use of this joint windfall. I wouldn’t be obsessing about the modest amount that came from my bailiwick.
Admittedly, the politics of this reorganisation are still a mess, but it is encouraging to see that this week the mayors have started to focus on matters they can still have an impact on, such as improving local representation on the all-powerful Auckland Council. However, one thing is certain, Auckland will, by the end of next year, be governed by one mayor and one great council.
You should also read the previous Rudman article on where he refers to the stupid proposal by Rodney Hide about how this reorganization should be done.