NAG readies for High Court battle

Bill Townson

The next round in the Northern Action Group’s (NAG) long-running fight to separate North Rodney from the Auckland Supercity takes place in the High Court in Wellington later this month.

NAG chair Bill Townson says NAG will argue that the Local Government Commission (LGC) misconstrued or misinterpreted about a dozen points of law when it ruled that North Rodney should remain within the Supercity in November 2017.

Mr Townson says that among other things, the LGC failed to consult with the community in identifying, developing and implementing an option that best promotes good local government.      

If NAG succeeds, then it’s possible the LGC will be directed to reconsider NAG’s application for an independent North Rodney, a process which previously took more than two years.

However, if this were to happen Mr Townson admits the LGC might well come to exactly the same decision – to keep North Rodney within the Supercity – but by a different route.   

The case will be heard on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1 before Justice Christine Grice.

NAG will be represented by barrister James Gardner-Hopkins, who has taken the case pro bono. 

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