July 07, 2019
Mayor says iwi need more power
The head of Local Government New Zealand is blaming the country's colonial history for an over-centralisation of power.
Dunedin mayor Dave Cull made a call for localism at the association's annual meeting over the weekend, saying one-size-fit all, top-down decision making no longer works for New Zealand, if it ever did.
Central government is responsible for 90 cents in every dollar of tax spending, compared with an OECD average of just over 50 cents.
Localism is about giving decision making power back to individuals, communities, iwi, neighbourhoods, districts and regions.
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