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The passage through the New Zealand House of Representatives of the Local Government (Auckland Reorganisation) Bill

Local government Auckland

Introduction: The Local Government (Auckland Reorganisation) Bill (henceforth “the bill”) passed through its first and second readings, committee stage, and third reading under urgency from 13 to 16 May 2009.

The passage of the bill was fraught, with more than 30,000 amendments tabled at the committee stage. It called into question the fitness of the House’s practices regarding the tabling of amendments in the digital age and prompted discussion of whether the use of delaying tactics brought the House into disrepute. These events had a strong influence on the revision of related Standing Orders that came into effect for the following Parliament.

Auckland’s local government was the subject of an inquiry by a Royal Commission established in October 2007 by the Clark Government. The Royal Commission reported in March 2009. It proposed replacing all existing councils with a single unitary authority.

by Peter Hoare, Parliamentary Officer (Table), New Zealand House of Representatives 

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