Review into
the Future for
Local Government

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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