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.

It's time to get vocal in your local

Get Vocal in Your Local is our online tool developed to make it easy for young people, and the young at heart, to have their voices heard in the Review. It's interactive and engaging and it only takes 5 minutes to complete! All submissions through Get Vocal in Your Local up until 30 June 2022 will be considered in our draft report.