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  •   Home > News > Local Politics

    Simon Bridges warns interfering in Tauranga City Council would be a "dramatic and draconian" step

    Simon Bridges warns interfering in Tauranga City Council would be a "dramatic and draconian" step


    Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta is considering stepping in, after Mayor Tenby Powell's shock resignation.

    It came just after the council voted to install a crown manager - as recommended by an independent review into rampant infighting.

    But the local MP is calling for caution, and Simon Bridges says Powell quitting will remove a significant source of friction.

    Nanaia Mahuta acknowledges many councils - including Tauranga and Invercargill - are facing challenges.

    But she says it's important as a small country to value local democracy, and work with the sector to ensure it's supported.

    © 2021 Newstalk ZB, NZCity


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