Over the next 30 years, New Zealand will change a great deal.
These changes will bring new challenges and opportunities to local governance.
The Review into the Future for Local Government 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.
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.View Draft Report
We want to hear from you! Make a submission by 28 February 2023 to help shape our final report and recommendations.
How we got here
Watch the journey of the engagement phase of the Review into the Future for Local Government.
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29 Nov 2022
On the road with the Panel
At the beginning of November, we set off on our regional tour to discuss He mata whāriki, he matawhānui, our draft report and recommendations, with councils.
28 Oct 2022
Media release: Review proposes significant changes to strengthen local government system
The Review into the Future for Local Government has published its draft report, He mata whāriki, he matawhānui.
The draft report poses recommendations and key questions to shape a more community-focused, citizen-centred local governance system
Submissions and feedback to shape the final report are open until 28 February 2023.
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.