Date updated: 23 June 2017

  • #localismNZ: Bringing power to the people

    Published: February 28, 2019

    #localismNZ: Bringing power to the people explains the rationale behind localism and responds to commonly heard objections. This essay explains how unusual New Zealand's centralism is when compared internationally. New Zealand's councils have limited fiscal autonomy. Their mandate is also much more restricted that local government in other parts of the world.

  • Summary of Vulnerable: The quantum of local government infrastructure exposed to sea level rise

    Published: January 31, 2019

    Councils are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and are beginning to recognise that communities’ resilience to climate change depends in large part on what is being done to adapt to it.

    However, until now councils have not had a good understanding of the type, amount and replacement value of local government owned infrastructure exposed to sea level rise, and therefore if and where adaptation planning should be prioritised.

  • Vulnerable: The quantum of local government infrastructure exposed to sea level rise

    Published: January 31, 2019

    Councils are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, which have bearing on the prosperity, vibrancy and long-term viability of our communities. Climate change will affect all of us during our lifetimes, and councils are increasingly recognising that resilience to climate change depends in large part on what is being done to adapt to it.

    This report forms part of LGNZ’s wider flagship Climate Change project. The project is focused on supporting councils with their adaptation and mitigation responsibilities, and involves ongoing advocacy to the Government on the tools and resources that councils and their communities need to address climate change.

  • Improving local government investment into Economic Development Services in New Zealand

    Published: December 20, 2018

    This report follows on from the discussion paper LGNZ released in July 2017 titled “Better economic development in local government”. It reports back on issues that were shared and discussed with LGNZ members and stakeholders during a workshop series led by LGNZ in early 2018. The findings show the potential for future improvement in this area of investment. A new system framework is also presented as a pathway for councils delivering economic development services.

  • Local government position statement on three waters

    Published: November 12, 2018

    This position paper encapsulates the sector's deep experience and evidence base to set out the key principles that local government, as owners and providers of the three waters infrastructure and services, see as critical and necessary in reforming the three waters regulatory framework.


  • Local government position statement on localism

    Published: July 15, 2018

    Local government is calling for a shift in the way public decisions are made in New Zealand by seeking a commitment to localism. Instead of relying on central government to decide what is good for our communities it is time to empower councils and communities themselves to make such decisions. Strengthening self-government at the local level means putting people back in charge of politics and reinvigorating our democracy. We are calling for an active programme of devolution and decentralisation.

  • Localism Project on a page

    Published: July 14, 2018

    LGNZ is re-designing government from a localist perspective.  Excessive centralisation leads to a ‘one size fits all’ approach, and can lead to bottlenecks in policy-making & implementation when empowered local government could just get on and get things done.  New Zealand needs local innovation and local solutions to the problems and challenges of economic growth, housing, roading and all those other issues that affect people’s lives.

  • Draft sector position on mitigation

    Published: July 12, 2018

    The purpose of the draft sector position is to signal the ambition that local government has for, and the commitments it makes to contributing to, the overall effort to reduce emissions in New Zealand. It also sets out the further support that local authorities need in order to enhance their contributions to emissions reductions. 

  • Stocktake of local government mitigation activity

    Published: July 12, 2018

    We are pleased to launch a stocktake of actions and strategies that councils across the country have adopted to contribute to emissions reductions.  The stocktake includes actions that councils are taking to reduce their organisation’s emissions, as well as actions and strategies designed to support or coordinate community emissions reduction efforts.

  • Water 2050: Cost and funding – Meeting the costs of water infrastructure

    Published: June 25, 2018

    LGNZ is building on our earlier 3 Waters work through Water 2050, a project that proposes and substantiates the premise for a new, integrated water policy framework. The framework has five components: allocation, water quality, infrastructure, cost and funding, and governance. This report outlines a range of funding options that will be used to feed into the funding policy development programme.