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Local Govt Funding Review

To view the new Local Government Funding Review manifesto, click here

LGNZ’s Local Government Funding Review 10-point plan: incentivising economic growth and strong local communities was launched today at the 2015 LGNZ conference in Rotorua. 

The manifesto is the culmination of LGNZ’s year-long review of local government funding and follows its discussion paper released in February 2015.  It focuses on key actions and policy decisions needed to provide greater funding flexibility for councils and describes the next steps for local government and its sector partners.

Background and introduction

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

The result is that more councils are facing complex challenges such as some households are less able to meet the cost of rates and pressure for new and sustained infrastructure is increasing.


The Local Government Funding Review (Review) was established in June 2014, the purpose of which was to review the future adequacy of existing funding sources available to local government.  A key focus of the Review is to investigate whether current funding mechanisms are adequate to address current and future demands for services and infrastructure, and to propose options for improvement.

A cross-sector Funding Review Working Group has been appointed and will meet monthly from July 2014.

To view the Local Government Funding Review discussion paper, click here