Auckland Council have told staff they can work from home tomorrow to avoid disruptions and protests during the controversial formal signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
The council sent a notice to workers at its Albert St building and at Bledisloe House on Wellesley St, giving them the option to work from home tomorrow or go to another office in the region.
The flexible workplace strategy is designed to minimise disruption for council employees, and will be at no additional cost to the ratepayer.
The Government has also found an iwi willing to perform a powhiri for the signing.
Representatives of Ngati Whatua will lead the brief powhiri commencing with a karanga before a welcome to guests.
At the conclusion ministers will be introduced to members of Ngati Whatua.
There were reports the Government was facing difficulties finding a group prepared to perform a powhiri, but a spokesperson for the prime minister said Ngati Whatua had been organised since last week.