Sir Maarten Wevers will take over the role of chairman on August 1.
Bob Parker's tenure as Christchurch mayor is under threat from Labour MP Lianne Dalziel
Auckland Council has granted resource consent for a 10-storey residential tower above the new Merchant Quarter building.
New Speaker David Carter makes parting gift to the rural sector.
A compeition is under way for design of an urban village in Christchurch.