Auckland Council examining 360% to 660% Drury development fee rise to cover growth costs

Auckland Council is looking at 360 per cent to 660 per cent fee rises for Drury developers to fund infrastructure needed in the greenfields area where a city the size of Napier is planned. Council financial policy manager Andrew Duncan said Drury developers now paid development contributions of $11,000 to

Covid 19 coronavirus: NSW council shoots shelter dogs over infection fears

The decision by a regional council in Australia to shoot dead several rescue dogs due to Covid-19 restrictions has sparked international condemnation. Bourke Shire Council in NSW’s northwest killed the pound dogs to stop a shelter in Cobar rescuing them as planned, as it believed the travel wouldn’t be permitted

Clutha District Council fined $500,000 for stinking wastewater plants

The Clutha District Council has been fined nearly $500,000 for “egregious” failures in managing its wastewater treatment plants. The council appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday where it pleaded guilty to six charges under the Resource Management Act. The scale of the offending and the recklessness involved set the

Wellington City Council to launch investigation into Mayor Andy Foster after complaint

Wellington City Council will progress with an investigation into Mayor Andy Foster after a councillor lodged a formal complaint about his behaviour, the Herald understands. Before councillors voted to sell and lease council-owned land at a meeting two weeks ago, Councillor Jenny Condie revealed she had made the complaint. Condie

Auckland Council backs away from hedge-trimming

Auckland Council has reaffirmed its controversial hedging policy with mayor Phil Goffsaying “we should not be knee-jerk reacting to sensational headlines”. The council hedges most of its $10b debt portfolio with interest rate swaps, effectively fixing rates for up to 10 years, and recent interest rate falls have seen $2.74b

Denver City Council approves $20 million lease for new homeless shelter in Northeast Park Hill

Denver City Council approved a 10-year, $20 million lease Monday night for a new homeless shelter on 48th Street, which could host up to 450 people, though it’s unclear when the site could open. The council approved the lease unanimously and without conversation on a consent agenda, denoting a lack