Over the next 30 years, New Zealand will change a great deal.
These changes will bring new challenges and opportunities to local governance.
The country will have a larger, more diverse population and technology will change the way we live and work. Climate change will require us to adapt and reshape our economy and lives. The Treaty of Waitangi partnership will move into a new phase with an increasing focus on enduring, mutually beneficial relationships.
All of these trends have local impacts and will require local responses, meaning that effective local governance is critical to New Zealanders’ wellbeing, now and into the future.
This independent Ministerial review is an opportunity to create a new system of local governance and democracy that will effectively respond to a changing New Zealand and create conditions for communities to thrive.
Watch the journey of the Review into the Future for Local Government as we lead up to the release of the draft report.
The due date for the draft report has been revised twice. Once at the request of the local government sector to shift the release date to mid-October, after the local body elections, and more recently a further two-week extension was requested by the Review office due to the impacts of COVID-19 on staff.
The period for submissions on the draft report has been extended to 28 February 2023, recognising the delay in the release of the draft report and the busy induction and post-election period that local government faces. Our final report is now due in June 2023.
The draft report is now due to the Minister of Local Government on 28 October 2022.
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28 Sep 2022
The voice of rangatahi: Get Vocal in Your Local
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our Get Vocal in Your Local digital tool. Submissions on the tool are closed and we've been analysing the results to help shape the Review’s recommendations in the draft report. These are the high-level findings from the tool.
2 Sep 2022
A new due date for our draft report
Our draft report is now due to the Minister of Local Government on 28 October 2022.
From its release, we will be encouraging people to read the report and take the opportunity to provide submissions to be considered towards our final report, which is now due in June 2023.
21 Jul 2022
Media release: Bold changes signalled for local government
Attendees of the Local Government Conference in Palmerston North were given a glimpse of the thinking into the future for local government today. The independent review panel members, Jim Palmer (chair) and Penny Hulse shared the key issues that will be included in the Panel’s draft report due for release in mid-October.