Goff also signalled an ambition for some central Government authority to be devolved to elements of the Super City. “Seventy percent of the growth in the country’s population and 95 percent of the growth in the working age population will be in Auckland.
“In terms of an organisation like ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) – they will know more about promoting the city than NZTE (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise). Transport Auckland will know more about Auckland’s needs than the Transport Agency.”
“Not immediately, but I think a case could arise for more authority and funding to be devolved from central to local government.”
Most people think the CCOs need to be reined in with their runway spending, but Goff thinks they need more powers and more money.