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Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick: Local government crucial to efficient decision making; stronger relationship between local and central government needed

Wednesday 13th July 2022 | Kaia Kahurangi Jamieson | R1 News Reporter |
Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick. Image: RNZ/Benjamin Brooking

Council body elections will be held in early October, and with numerous local and national burgeoning concerns such as Three Waters and climate change, it’s time to have a look at the powers and importance of Aotearoa's councils. 

Auckland-Central MP and Green Party Local Government spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick says voters ought to get more involved with council body elections, as councils make large decisions for their everyday lives and can make those decisions much faster than central government. 

Swarbrick also stressed the importance of local government requiring more Māori representation on councils to uphold Te Tiriti, and voiced that the relationship between local and central government needs to be on fairer ground.