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.
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.
28 Sep 2022
The voice of rangatahi: Get Vocal in Your Local
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our Get Vocal in Your Local digital tool. Submissions on the tool are closed and we've been analysing the results to help shape the Review’s recommendations in the draft report. These are the high-level findings from the tool.
2 Sep 2022
A new due date for our draft report
Our draft report is now due to the Minister of Local Government on 28 October 2022.
From its release, we will be encouraging people to read the report and take the opportunity to provide submissions to be considered towards our final report, which is now due in June 2023.
21 Jul 2022
Media release: Bold changes signalled for local government
Attendees of the Local Government Conference in Palmerston North were given a glimpse of the thinking into the future for local government today. The independent review panel members, Jim Palmer (chair) and Penny Hulse shared the key issues that will be included in the Panel’s draft report due for release in mid-October.