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This report, Fiscal measures, parameters and benchmarks: Measuring fiscal prudence in New Zealand local government, has been published to enhance the understanding of both the local government sector and the public in general about the issues involved in meaningfully measuring financial prudence.

These guidelines have been developed for councils who want to become more business friendly. They have been produced by LGNZ, in partnership with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE).

This publication, produced in July 2013, is for candidates running for local government. It covers an overview of local government, what roles elected members fulfil, the skills and qualities of effective elected members and information on the election process.

This report, created with BERL Economics, enhances the understanding of the role and contribution of local government in New Zealand’s economic development.

A publication by Dr Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative, on options to enable stronger local economies.

This guide has been designed to assist journalists, in their coverage of local government. With the local authority elections approaching, a better understanding of the sector will assist journalists in their coverage of the important issues facing voters.   

Local government is one of the most important and powerful influences on the health and wellbeing of communities and populations. The decisions local government makes affect the determinants of health. As such, local government has the ability to improve population health and reduce inequalities in New Zealand.

Published in 2011.

Published by NZIER, this report addresses the question ‘is local government fiscally responsible?’ In brief it concludes that it is not clear that rates revenue or expenditure are too high. The result according to Mr Micawber should be ‘happiness’.

This report was produced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Local Government New Zealand as part of the Core Cities Project. The research was undertaken in partnership with Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch Councils. It is the first product of a staged project.