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Crown Law Asked To Investigate Minister’s Decision

Monday, 30 January 2012, 2:41 pm | Council Watch

Council Watch has formally requested the investigation of Local Government Minister Nick Smith’s appointment of a Crown Observer to Christchurch City Council. More >>

Concerns Raised Over Crown Observer Appointment

Saturday, 28 January 2012, 11:46 am | Council Watch

Media Release ( FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ) Concerns Raised Over Crown Observer Appointment CHRISTCHURCH, 27 January 2012 EMBARGOED UNTIL 8 a.m. Saturday 28 January 2012 Local government watchdog Council Watch has expressed concerns about the appointment of ... More >>

Greater Honesty Needed Over Preparedness

Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 12:47 pm | Council Watch

There has been the furious reporting at home and abroad on the most significant earthquake to strike New Zealand for 80 years, but the real truth of the situation is far more serious and has impacts for the entire country, and people desperately ... More >>

OPINION: The Problem of Preparedness

Monday, 6 September 2010, 10:23 am | Council Watch

The perfect storm of multiple disasters and a local body election has caused Council staff and elected officials to foam at the mouth about disaster preparedness. More >>

Excellent response to Council survey

Friday, 23 July 2010, 2:22 pm | Council Watch

An independent survey of elected Council officials has received an “excellent response”, according to local government watchdog Council Watch. More >>

Carter’s Warning – Watch Out Democracy

Thursday, 29 April 2010, 4:45 pm | Council Watch

The Agriculture Minister’s recent comments to farmers that the removal of the rights of Canterbury region’s voters to select regional council representation was designed as a “signal” to the local Government sector is cause for alarm, says local democracy ... More >>

Community leaders positive on future of democracy

Monday, 12 April 2010, 10:32 am | Council Watch

New Zealand’s inaugural conference of residents’ associations attracted over 40 organisations on the weekend and sends a strong message to the local government sector: work with us or face the consequences. More >>

Hide’s move to sack Councillors curious

Wednesday, 31 March 2010, 9:32 am | Council Watch

Local government watchdog Council Watch is questioning the measures taken by Local Government minister Rodney Hide after he gave Canterbury Regional Councillors their marching orders yesterday. More >>

Watchdog calls for ECAN to release documents

Wednesday, 3 February 2010, 9:23 am | Council Watch

Council Watch officers have petitioned the Crown Solicitor and the CEO of Environment Canterbury for all documentation, notes, and advice pertaining to the recent investigation by the Office of the Auditor General into conflicts of interest by four Canterbury ... More >>

Councils Cagey on Corporate Remuneration

Thursday, 14 January 2010, 9:48 am | Council Watch

No matter what the law says, most Councils have refused to provide public information on senior management salaries in a recent research study. A report released by Council Watch shows the median salary for a senior manager of a local authority at between ... More >>

Auditor General Must Prosecute

Sunday, 27 December 2009, 10:43 am | Council Watch

Council Watch spokesperson Jim Candiliotis is calling for four Councillors to be prosecuted, fined, and sacked from their positions in the Canterbury Regional Council after an investigation by Auditor General Lyn Provost found that the four individuals ... More >>

CouncilWatch: Getting A Response From Your Council

Monday, 13 July 2009, 9:17 am | Council Watch

Confused staff, insulting CEOs, and two thirds of Councils potentially breaking the law… welcome to local government in New Zealand A report released today by Council Watch highlights a lack of knowledge of the law amongst many local body Chief ... More >>