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

The six big issues for New Zealand councils.

Public (social) housing, Māori housing and papakāinga, and Urban development authority.

Three waters, Freshwater, and Resource Management

Reporting & funding, Community resilience, and Climate future fit.

GPS reform, Road safety implementation assessment, and Transport funding.

Localist framework, LG legislative update, Community engagement, and Electoral system reform.

Earthquake prone buildings, Tourism, and China engagement,