Te Kāwanatanga ā-Rohe i Aotearoa
Local government in New Zealand
Local government is all about community.
Our nation brings together a diverse range of cultures, communities and voices, living, playing and working together to form Aotearoa New Zealand. At the heart of our country, is local government.
Explore the world of local government, local democracy, how councils/kaunihera work and the role you can play in shaping the future for your community.
Local government explained
Why local government exists, what it is and what it does.
Councils in Aotearoa
How different councils are named, structured and operate.
How councils work
All the inner workings of councils from regulation to community engagement, standing orders to the Long-term Plan.
Council maps and websites
A comprehensive list of councils around the country.
Keeping it local with community boards.
Local elections & voting
LGNZ provides resources and information about local elections and voting in Aotearoa New Zealand.
How to get involved
LGNZ encourages community participation in local government. Learn about the different ways you can get involved.
Inspiring examples of local democracy in action.