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Get Vocal in Your Local

Over the next 30 years, New Zealand will change a great deal. These changes will bring new challenges and opportunities to local governance and will have local impacts that require local responses.

In April 2021 an independent two-year Ministerial review on the Future for Local Government was established. The purpose of the review is to consider how New Zealand’s system of local democracy and governance will need to evolve over the next 30 years to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders, and actively embody the Treaty partnership. The review could result in significant changes to the form and function of local government.

The Future for Local Government Panel was formed to lead the review. After initial engagement, the Panel has identified five key shifts that it believes needs to occur:

  • strengthened local democracy,
  • authentic relationships with hapū/iwi/māori,
  • stronger focus on wellbeing,
  • genuine partnership between central government and local government,
  • more equitable funding.
Hauraki District Council involvement in the Review

In March/April 2022 the Panel met with councils around New Zealand to discuss the review and receive feedback. We met with the Panel on 1 March 2022 to provide our initial feedback and we have also provided written feedback.

Further information on the review can be found at

Have your say

What issues matter most? How can more voices be heard? How do we make the best decisions for all of us? Should the voting age be lowered?

Have your say by providing your feedback to the Future for Local Government Panel via its online interactive tool Get Vocal in Your Local  (it should take about 5 minutes). If you have questions or queries about how you, your iwi/hapū, or your community group or organisation can be involved, please contact the Panel.

All feedback will be considered by the Panel prior to it releasing its draft report in October 2022 and a final report in June 2023. Get behind #GetVocalInYourLocal, because your local needs your voice.