A vibrant and prosperous New Zealand

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 five 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.

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LGNZ's Policy Statement

Click here for a one page summary of our policy priorities.

To view our policy priorities document please click here

LGNZ's Elections Manifesto

Our Elections Manifesto was launched on 23 July 2017 at the LGNZ conference. To view the document click here.

CouncilMARK™ local government excellence programme

To view the CouncilMARK™ local government excellence programme please click here

Flagship policy projects

LGNZ, with involvement from the membership and key stakeholders, is leading a number of key projects under its core policy priorities and will deliver four significant projects with the sector in the 2018/19 year: Water 2050; Climate Change; Housing 2030 and the Localism Project.


LGNZ-Standing-Orders-Community-Boards-Template-v2.docxThe 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.

LGNZ and EquiP provide best practice guidance, business solutions, governance and management support to strengthen the sector.



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1. Infrastructure

Councils are responsible for significant assets and services, from the water that comes from our taps, the pavements we walk on, the roads we drive on, and the swimming pools and parks where we exercise. Local authority infrastructure is crucial to enabling economic activity, housing supply and well-functioning communities, however, the ongoing costs of provision and maintenance, including transport and water, create significant challenges for councils.

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2. Risk and resilience

Low-frequency high-impact events, such as the Canterbury earthquakes and flooding due to extreme weather or sea level rise, pose both local and national risks that can undermine our social and economic goals. And with population and economic growth the impact of natural hazards and extreme events is further magnified.

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3. Environment

New Zealanders pride themselves on the quality of their environment yet an increasing number of pressures, such as population growth and more intensive agriculture, could, without the appropriate regulatory frameworks, put the environment at risk. Specific issues include freshwater quality, bio-diversity, introduced pests, natural hazards and the impact of our changing climate.

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4. Social issues

Local authorities are the mechanism through which communities make decisions about matters of local and regional concern. The nature of these matters will vary according to the characteristics and circumstances of each community. Some are dealing with problems caused by population growth and increasing numbers of visitors while others confront issues of static or declining growth and a lack of employment opportunities.

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5. Economic development

Globalisation and the relaxation of border controls have radically changed the way in which local and regional economies work. Cities, districts and regions in New Zealand are now competing against their peers in other parts of the world for the same capital and same skilled workers. To succeed, local authorities need to ensure that they not only offer a good life and effective infrastructure and services they must also promote these attributes internationally.