Twyford says more time needed

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Labour’s Auck­land is­sues spokesman Phil Twyford says su­percity re­form is be­ing ex­posed as a mess.

“The wheels are fall­ing off be­cause the gov­ern­ment hasn’t taken the time to get it right.”

He says sig­nif­i­cant changes were made to the Royal Com­mis­sion po­si­tion and within days the process of ram­ming leg­is­la­tion through had be­gun.

“The pub­lic


fu­ri­ous about the lack of con­sul­ta­tion and this week the gov­ern­ment re­alised its poor process is putting much­needed progress at risk,” he says.

Mr Twyford says Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Rod­ney Hide’s pro­posed ap­point­ments to the tran­si­tion agency went on hold and Auck­land mayor John Banks blurted out that 2700 jobs would go.

The gov­ern­ment couldn’t com­ment be­cause it mit­ted that it did know.

“We’re now see­ing de­vel­op­ers pull out of projects with coun­cils, putting pri­vate sec­tor jobs and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment at risk.”

Mr Twyford says Na­tional MPs are com­ing un­der fire at pub­lic meet­ings they have been forced to hold, and next week’s hikoi will high­light ten­sions.



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