Research and reports

Our reports show the emerging thinking of the Panel whilst the research papers highlight the contributions of others in response to the complex challenges to local governance.


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.


Draft Report

October 2022

Interim Report

September 2021


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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.

Iain Walker

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

Civic innovation and local government futures.

Ingrid Burkett

How would local government arrangements need to change to promote tino rangatiratanga/mana motuhake?

Dominic O'Sullivan

Rangatiratanga, Citizenship and a Crown that is ‘Māori too’: Boldness and the Future of Local Government.

Dominic O'Sullivan

Using citizens' assemblies to make big decisions in Aotearoa.

A path to subsidiarity.

Dr Eric Crampton

Digital Futures: Democratising Digital & Data

Janine Doherty

Get Vocal in Your Local: Project Summary

How local government in Victoria (Aus) is using deliberative democracy, and what we can learn from this

Lyn Carson

Collaborative models report.


Study into the principles of a high quality tax and revenue system

Robin Oliver and Mike Shaw

McGuinness Institute discussion paper - Future for Local Government workshop.

McGuinness Institute

An exploration into the local government-central government relationship.

ThinkPlace New Zealand

Four key points to the Panel of the Review into the Future for Local Government.

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal

Unlocking the potential of local government: Activating a wellbeing ecology, in place.

The Southern Initiative