What is the timeline?
A review of the role and function of local government was initiated in April 2021 by the Minister of Local Government.
Ārewa ake te Kaupapa | Raising the Platform
An interim report - Ārewa ake te Kaupapa | Raising the Platform – was presented to the Minister signalling the probable direction of the review and key next steps.
Engagement with New Zealand communities and organisations over the future of local government. Read more below.
Draft report and recommendations issued for public consultation.
The due date for the draft report has been revised twice. The draft report is now due to the Minister of Local Government on 28 October 2022.
Review presents final report to the Minister and Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ).
What does the interim report say?
The report identifies the significant changes and challenges facing local government. These include:
- The lack of central government's acknowledgement of the role and responsibilities of local government.
- Financial pressures for local government to manage growth demand while maintaining rates at acceptable levels for the community.
- The continued introduction of 'unfunded mandate' of health or environmental standards.
- The complexity of the range of legislation local government operates under.
- The challenge of representation and engagement of the community.
- The emerging pressures of climate change and associated cost pressures of this.
- The demand to develop information systems that provide customers the best interaction alongside addressing cybersecurity issues.
How was the community involved?
Last updated 7 October 2022