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Councils push for local control
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Local Government New Zealand is pushing for a shift of power from central to local government.

Addressing the association’s annual conference in Christchruch yesterday, its president Dave Cull said New Zealand is among the most centralised countries in the world.

He said centralised countries tend to be less wealthy and have lower standards of living.

Mr Cull says localism will give local citizens, iwi/Māori organisations, businesses and community groups a greater say.

The conference is the first since referendums overturned the attempts by five councils to create Māori seats, and other councils opted to not even try to increase Māori representation because of the fear of backlash.

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