Te whai wāhi ki te kāwanatanga ā-motu
Engaging with central government

We connect local and central government to promote the local voice.

When Ministers want to talk to local government, they come to us. We provide the connection between central and local government, reflecting your local voice to those in Parliament.

As the largest, non-partisan collective of local government, we will always be able to work with the government of the day to advance the interests of communities across the motu.

We take a cross-party approach and advocate for the things that matter most to councils/kaunihera, developing strong relationships with all members of central government whether they be ministers, members of parliament, advisors or influencers.

We regularly meet with the Prime Minister, Minister for Local Government, Minister for the Environment, Minister of Transport, Minister of Housing and members of the opposition. And we host regular Central Government/Local Government Forums with the Prime Minister, key Cabinet Ministers and our President, Vice President and Sector Chairs. These are in addition to the interaction that takes place at our Sector, Zone and Network meetings.

Through our work, we influence the direction of policy and regulation, and we ensure the needs of councils/kaunihera are met.

Relationship reset agreement

A strong partnership means that local and central government both achieve more for their communities. Read our relationship reset agreement.

Briefing to the incoming government

Local government plays a crucial role in complementing and enhancing central government. Read our briefing to the incoming government.