New Zealand welcomes the release of the interim report on the Future for Local
Government Review, saying it makes a strong case for much needed change.
confirms that all is not well in New Zealand’s local government system and that
change is needed for local government to remain relevant and serve its
communities well,” General Manager Claire Edmondson says.
New Zealand’s input was sought, and we are pleased to see our feedback
reflected in the interim report,” she says.
The report has
identified several well-known issues, including funding and financing
constraints, governance matters and scope creep from central government
requirements that add to councils’ financial pressure.
process is likely to result in recommendations for some structure change,
bringing implications for Three Waters reform and changes to the Resource
elements are all once in a generation opportunities. In our view, the
Government is rushing the Three Waters and Resource Management System reforms
and needs to slow down.
“We need to
ensure we get local government’s roles, functions and structure right so it can
respond to changing community expectations and be fit for future challenges.”
by the interim report will be further explored at Infrastructure New Zealand’s Building
Nations 2021, being held virtually from 16-19 November.
queries, please contact Claire Edmondson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 021 272 7879.