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.

Thank you to everyone who engaged with our mahi during the engagement phase of the Review. We are now focussing our attention on the information we have gathered and the kōrero we had.

All feedback received up until 30 June 2022 will be considered towards our draft report and recommendations.

There will be further opportunity to have your say on the future for local government following the release of the draft report and recommendations in October 2022.

We look forward to receiving a formal submission from you at that time.

Submissions into the draft report and recommendations closed on 30 June 2022.

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