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Our seven strategic policy priorities

LGNZ is the sector voice for all 78 councils in the country. We advocate on behalf of our members and lead the sector’s commitment to improving practice and efficiency, enabling economic growth, community vibrancy and environmental wellbeing. Protecting and enhancing local democracy is paramount.

We have seven strategic policy priorities in place to help us achieve our sector vision: Local democracy powering community and national success. 

Each policy priority below carries with it technical work that will help to build vibrant communities and economic growth across all of New Zealand.

LGNZ's Policy Statement

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LGNZ's Elections Manifesto

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LGNZ's Local Government Excellence Programme

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1. Governance and performance

The sector knows that in order to deliver strong local government across New Zealand, we need to raise our standards of governance and performance. While there are many strong performers we need to lift the bar higher.

In March 2014 LGNZ launched EquiP, our Centre of Excellence, to deliver tailored services, best practice guidance, business solutions, governance and management support to strengthen the sector. EquiP works directly with council staff and elected members to provide customised guidance and tools to drive better efficiency of action and effect throughout local government activities.

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2. Regional development

New Zealand currently faces uneven economic growth with some regions growing faster than others and some regions attracting population and others losing population. LGNZ is committed to enabling and supporting economic growth across the whole country.

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3. Sustainable funding

The sustainability of local government funding has become an increasingly important policy issue in the face of rapid demographic and economic change.

In response, LGNZ is undertaking a review of local government funding to identify new funding options and alternatives that can complement councils’ current funding tools. The focus is on developing a strategy and model that is sustainable in the long-term.

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4. Infrastructure

Local government will lead the development of infrastructure policy (and funding) including housing affordability initiatives, building, transport and water infrastructure. We need central government to partner with us on policy and funding that reflects our communities’ needs.

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5. Regulatory reform

We need regulatory reform and a stronger relationship with central government policy setters to increase efficiency. Working together will lead to stronger policy and more effective implementation for the benefit of our communities. LGNZ will be establishing a Regulatory Reform project in late 2014 to identify current laws and regulations that can and should be changed. We want to ensure proposed future legislative and regulatory reforms are influenced by the views of local government through relationships, formal submissions and feedback to consider implications, funding and solutions.

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6. Environment issues

There is a need to develop effective policies around the RMA and other legislation that work to encourage growth whilst maintaining our environment. To provide the best environmental protection possible, we also need to ensure that decision-making remains in the hands of local councils.

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7. Local democracy

LGNZ seeks to give constitutional expression to local government as a reflection of our values of enabling local decision-making through locally and democratically elected representatives.