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Council shake-up not a 'knife job': Goff

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/03/2017

A proposed shake-up of Auckland Council services isn't just a matter of "slashing and burning", Mayor Phil Goff says.

The former Labour leader on Thursday proposed a wide-ranging review of council functions, including of waste, water services, communications and investment attraction departments

"We need to be proactive in ensuring that we are a cost effective organisation and the first step is to assess where and how we are spending ratepayers' money," he said.

Further areas would be subject to review over the next three years.

On Friday, Mr Goff told 1 News the changes weren't just aimed at making large cuts.

"It's not about saving money, its about getting better value for money," he said.

"[These review] aren't just designed as a knife job."

But he said while there was no predetermined outcome, in some areas there could be cuts to jobs and he understood why staff may be nervous.

"It may be in some areas, for example in the consenting area .... we'll probably need more people in that," he said.

"In other areas of council, we are looking at economies.Not to be hard on people, but just to say let's put our resources into where they are really needed. This is not about going out and slashing and burning."

The proposal will go to the council's Finance and Performance committee next week.

Mr Goff said he was optimistic councillors would support the plan.

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