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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

‘‘An in­door pool would be ideal, but can Wai­heke af­ford $1 mil­lion a year to run it?’’ Wai­heke Mar­ket­place

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