The Dunedin City Council is keen to hear from as many people as possible as it works through a review that could introduce major changes to the city's voting system.
Dunedin city councillors want new powers to police elected representatives who break the rules, following an end to the long-running saga over Cr Teresa Stevenson's apology.
Legal services for the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) will continue to be delivered by a single law firm when the council's contract with Macalister Todd Phillips (MacTodd) expires in August 2010.
The Dunedin City Council's group of trading companies will have the same directors for the next year, after the council approved the re-election of incumbents.
Local body political grouping Greater Dunedin has begun its electioneering for next year with an attack on the city council of which it is a part.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council is spending about $70,000 every month on faults to Queenstown's ageing water supply network.
The Motor Trade Association is accusing local councils of turning a blind eye to the increasing number of organised roadside car sales, which it says can provide a venue for illegal sellers and cars riddled with problems.
A low turnout of pre-dawn diners for the annual Mayor's Midwinter Breakfast may mean the future of what has been a successful fundraiser is under threat.
Southern readers of this newspaper will by now be familiar with the widely varying standards of hospitality and entertainment expenses permitted by their local body executives and, de facto, by their elected overseers.