Councils face funding dilemma

  • 20/07/2015
Councils face funding dilemma

The fraught issue of funding is high on the agenda of a local government conference.

Mayors from around the country are at Local Government New Zealand's annual conference in Rotorua as big rates hikes in Auckland, Christchurch and other places feature prominently in the news.

The conference began at the Rotorua Events Centre on Sunday.

This afternoon Auckland Council councillor Penny Webster, Cameron Partners executive Hugo Ellis and Dr Oliver Hartwich, executive director of the New Zealand Institute, will take part in a discussion on sustainable funding for local government.

Last year LGNZ set up a funding review working group to examine how councils are funded, including alternatives to current systems.

The group will outline some of its key findings and possible solutions at the session, which is chaired by of LGNZ's chief executive Malcolm Alexander.

Dr Lester Levy, chief executive of the New Zealand Institute, is speaking at an earlier session, as is Kevin Roberts, executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi.

David Meates, the chief executive of Canterbury District Health Board, is also speaking at a session at 9.25am on Monday.

Lawrence Yule, the president of LGNZ gives a keynote address on Tuesday.