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Our Waiheke is mounting a strong challenge to the Morrison Low report to the Local Government Commission. The report relies entirely on Auckland Council financial data to determine that a Waiheke unitary or district council is not a ‘‘reasonably practicable option’’. We object to the fact that with no breakdown of the total revenue and expenditure figures provided, it is impossible to challenge the detail that enabled Morrison Low to reach its conclusions. We will question the choice of Morrison Low as consultants for the Local Government Commission given that Morrison Low gains a lot of work from Auckland Council.
The Local Government Commission is now commissioning a peer review of the report but Our Waiheke is pointing out that a peer review will be a waste of taxpayers’ money if there is no attempt to ensure the inclusion of a wider range of information than the bloated figures resulting from Auckland Council’s complex bureaucracy. John Meeuwsen, Our Waiheke
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