Local leaders are surprised to hear that the Government is planning to split Rodney District in two, leaving urban Whangaparaoa and Orewa in the Super City and the area north of Waiwera being merged with Kaipara District Council.
The split is understood to be a compromise to appease a strong desire, particularly among northern rural communities, to be excluded from the Super Auckland Council.
But now they don't want it.
Why, because all the while they've been quietly bludging off their southern neighbours for the cost of their transport and sewerage systems.
"Auckland ratepayers currently help pay for services in Rodney and Kaipara, including public transport, stormwater management, biosecurity and pest control," he said.
"If the northern boundary was changed, the money for these services would need to be found elsewhere.".........
........"Mayor Penny Webster said the council was appalled that the Government would consider splitting Rodney.
"All it is going to do is to deliver to the people of northern Rodney an uneconomic entity."
Well, in for a Penny, in for a pound, I say. They'll have to pay for the bloody lot yourselves and about time too. She looks big enough to be able to handle it.