2 June 2022

Public webinars: A kōrero about the future for local government

Since the beginning of 2022, we’ve been speaking with a range of people about the five key shifts that we believe are essential to a future system of local governance in Aotearoa. In June, we took the opportunity to speak with the wider public about these key shifts at our public webinars.

Public webinars: A kōrero about the future for local government

We hosted two one-hour question and answer-based webinars with an excellent turnout and many insightful questions and comments.

The webinars were held on 17 and 20 June 2022. These webinars have now finished. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Did you miss the public webinars? Don't worry, there is still opportunity to share your thoughts with us through our key shifts public feedback form here. We welcome your feedback up until 30 June 2022.

A shift in our thinking

Back in October 2021, we released our interim report, Ārewa ake te Kaupapa. This report outlined the priority questions we would be looking to answer through the engagement phase. Since the release of the report, we have been researching and discussing these questions, and have identified five key shifts to local governance that we believe will be required if the system is to meet the needs of Aotearoa in 30 years' time.

These key shifts are:

1. Strengthened local democracy 

2. Stronger focus on wellbeing 

3. Authentic relationship with hapū/iwi/Māori 

4. Genuine partnership between central government and local government 

5. More equitable funding 

 

A full overview of these key shifts can be found here.

Anyone can provide feedback on the key shifts

The kōrero from the public webinars will help inform the draft report, which is due to be released in October 2022. To provide feedback on the key shifts, please complete this survey so that your insights can help shape our thinking.

We welcome all submissions and feedback through until 30 June 2022 for consideration into the draft report.

The Review process

The Review is taking place in three stages, and involves engagement with local and central government, iwi and hapū, the business sector, community organisations, young people, and the wider public throughout each stage.

The first stage involved initial scoping and early engagement with local government and other organisations to help us take a future-focused look at the local governance system and identify key issues and lines of inquiry. The interim report reflects the results of that work and signals our broad lines of inquiry for the next stage.

Stage two of the Review involves broader public engagement about the future of local governance and democracy in New Zealand, alongside research and policy development. After completing this work, we will report to the Minister of Local Government with draft findings and recommendations. This report is due to be released in mid-October 2022. We welcome all submissions and feedback through until 30 June 2022 for consideration into the draft report.

The third stage will involve formal consultation about our draft recommendations. We will consider formal submissions, before we deliver our final report in April 2023.