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Future For Local Government Initiative A Historic Opportunity For New Zealand


The Future for Local Government initiative must make the
most of a historic opportunity to set communities up for
success now and in the future, as it looks into the roles
and responsibilities of councils amid a flurry of major
policy reform, says Local Government New Zealand
(LGNZ).

Announced today by Minister of Local
Government Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, the initiative responds to
calls from LGNZ and others to look at how local choice and
voice will be enabled in the wake of policy reform across
three waters, resource management, climate change and the
health system, and how local government will continue to
resource and deliver its mandate to lift the four
well-beings – cultural, economic, social and environmental
– in New Zealand’s communities.

“The Future for
Local Government initiative is an exciting opportunity for
New Zealand to re-imagine the roles, responsibilities and
resources of councils so that they can meet community
expectations which have evolved massively over the last 30
years,” said LGNZ President Stuart Crosby.

“The
operational realities for local government are huge urban
growth and tourism pressures, greater focus on environmental
protections and climate change pressures, all matched to
outdated funding tools.”

“Now, with major reform
coming down the line, there is an opportunity to make sure
both tiers of government are aligned on delivering the best
possible outcomes, while enabling local leadership and
voice.”

“The review panel must deliver a bold
response that is in tune with the needs of our diverse
communities and our treaty partnership, and which considers
how our future generations are afforded a voice and a choice
in their towns, cities and regions, and how their local
initiatives are funded.”

“Deep engagement with all
communities, not just local government, will be the
cornerstone of recommendations that we can all work towards,
so we encourage the panel to work with iwi, community groups
and beyond.”

“We encourage all New Zealanders to
engage with the Future for Local Government programme –
this is your opportunity to shape local democracy, the
closest form of government to the people,” concluded Mr
Crosby.

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