Research and reports
The Review is taking place in three stages, with a report presented to the Minister of Local Government following each stage. These reports are: the interim report, the draft report and recommendations, and the final report.
The draft report, He mata whāriki, he matawhanui, outlines the need for a local governance system in Aotearoa that is community-focussed and citizen-centred, based on strong relationships and partnerships.
This report intends to provoke further discussion and invites submissions to shape our final report and recommendations.
The interim report, Ārewa ake te Kaupapa sets out the broad direction and priority questions for the review in order to support engagement about the future of local governance and democracy.
You’ll also find early opportunities that address current challenges facing local government. This work will lead to a further report with draft recommendations in 2022.
The executive summary includes all the most important information from the interim report and is presented in a shorter format.
The following research papers directly relate to our lines of inquiry and are essential in helping shape the Review. Please note that this research may not necessarily always reflect the views and recommendations of the Panel.
Rethinking democracy – and why local government is the best place to start.
The role of local governance in governing for intergenerational wellbeing.
Peter Hodder and Girol Karacaoglu
Structures and roles for enabling local authorities to maximise their contributions to community wellbeing and adapt to meet future challenges.
Dr Mike Reid
How would local government arrangements need to change to promote tino rangatiratanga/mana motuhake?
Rangatiratanga, Citizenship and a Crown that is ‘Māori too’: Boldness and the Future of Local Government.
Using citizens' assemblies to make big decisions in Aotearoa.
University of Auckland's Centre for Informed Futures, Koi Tū, and Watercare ran a citizens' assembly over four weekends from late July to early September 2022. Through this process they navigated complex conversations and made decisions alongside other Aucklanders about the long-term future of Auckland’s water supply.
You can read all about the project at the Watercare website here. Or read this Newsroom article to see the recommendations that came from this process.
Collaborative models report.
Beca Limited's report on collaborative models brings together insights from technical case studies, theoretical models for collaborative working and the experiences of practitioners involved in a range of cross sectoral collaboration projects. Those insights are then integrated into a potential model for collaboration at a local level that could evolve between iwi, central and local government, the private sector and non-government organisations.
McGuinness Institute discussion paper - Future for Local Government workshop.
In October 2021, Wendy McGuinness and Roger Dennis facilitated a workshop with the Panel of the Review to explore how Aotearoa New Zealand’s system of local democracy and governance needs to evolve over the next 30 years to improve the wellbeing of our communities and the environment, and actively embody the Treaty partnership.
The workshop generated eight strategic questions for the Panel to consider. See these strategic questions in the McGuinness Institute Te Hononga Waka’s discussion paper here.