Local Government NZ chairman and Hasting Mayor Lawrence Yule has staked his legacy on amalgamating the Hawkes Bay Councils. He has faced vigorous opposition from the three other mayors in Hawkes Bay, and a well funded, well run anti amalgamation campaign by Labour MP Stuart Nash.
Yule got sledged by Napier Mayor Bill Dalton, and was too slow witted to come back with the obvious response that the status quo was proven not to work.
Dalton is staunchly opposed to the proposal, Yule very supportive. Yule said the big issues were not each council’s debt, or a fear of losing representation, which he said was unfounded. They were competition, climate change and global trends.
He listed some of the statistics in which the region features poorly compared to others: youth unemployment, GDP and population growth.
Yule said the region could tackle all those issues more effectively if it worked as one, rather than as various parts.
Dalton wasted no time in dismissing Yule’s claim that amalgamation would help this occur. Â Â Read more »