Local govts find new ways to avoid pesky public consultation

“Collaborationist” stakeholder consultation is increasingly catching on in local government as a way to avoid pesky public consultation.

Potentially, such consultation committees allow locals to override regional plans relating to such things as land use, nitrogen and phosphorus leaching and river flows.

Wellington’s Greater Regional Council under chairwoman Fran Wilde is copying the hand-picked zone implementation committees introduced by Environment Canterbury.

 

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