### radionz.co.nz Tuesday 12 November - 12:20 pm NZT
(Updated 38 minutes ago)
Single council for Northland proposed
The Local Government Commission has recommended a single unitary council for the whole of Northland.
The commission at Waitangi on Tuesday revealed its draft proposal for reorganising local government in the region. It proposes one council and one mayor for Northland and a second tier of community boards.
A new nine-member council, to be based in Whangarei, would replace Far North District Council, Whangarei District Council, Kaipara District Council and Northland Regional Council.
The commission also proposes a special council committee to represent Northland’s large Maori population.
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### radionz.co.nz Updated at 4:50 pm on 18 February 2014
Far North opposes unitary plan
The Far North District Council has joined Whangarei in opposing a plan for a single council for the whole of Northland. The Local Government Commission has recommended a unitary authority for the region, replacing the current four councils. The Whangarei District Council is against the plan on the grounds that there are no convincing reasons for change, and most people don’t want it. The Far North Mayor John Carter, says his council’s opposed because the authority would be based in Whangarei. He’s encouraging people to tell the Commission their views on a unitary authority before submissions close on Friday. The proposal will need support from residents to succeed, and a majority in favour, if it comes to a poll.