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Local Government in New Zealand - Local Councils



Useful local government links.

New Zealand

Information about the Minister of Local Government may be found here.

To see all the services that New Zealand's central and local government offers, visit's consultations across government page allows both central and local government organisations to post consultations they have open. The listing can be searched by topic to make it easier for people to find out what’s happening in an area of interest, like resource management or long-term planning.

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management contains information about what to do in an emergency.

The Rates Inquiry website hosts a variety of reports and information about funding local government in New Zealand.

Statistics New Zealand hosts a vast collection of local government and community data.

Also try Statisphere, a portal to New Zealand's official statistics.

The Local Government Commission website provides links to local government organisations in New Zealand and other countries.

The Local Government On-Line website holds a variety of information and services related to the local government sector.

Learn about the history of local government in New Zealand by visiting The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

To view New Zealand's Socioeconomic Deprivation Indexes by Meshblock and Census Area Unit, visit the University of Otago's Department of Public Health research page.

Local Government New Zealand is an organisation that repesents the national interests of all 78 councils of New Zealand.

An incorporated society, Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa focuses on developing quality leaders and good practice in the local government sector.

The Local Government Centre at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is working to build a New Zealand-based cluster of expertise on local government and governance.

The Labour and Immigration Research Centre at the New Zealand Department of Labour integrates research for evidence-based policy decisions regarding immigration, settlement issues, labour markets and other related topics.

Insert your street name on the Electoral Streets Search Page, by Land Information New Zealand, in order to find the name of your Council, General and Māori Electorate.

For information about getting around, places to stay, things to see and do throughout New Zealand's local authorities, visit Tourism New Zealand.

Websites for New Zealand government departments and agencies related to the local government sector:

Office of the Controller and Auditor-General

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Department of Internal Affairs

Office of Ethnic Affairs

Ministry of Economic Development

Ministry for the Environment


Ministry of Social Development

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United Kingdom

This link will allow you to access several hundred local authority websites throughout Great Britain. You can also access a raft of policy and planning papers and related information.

Website of the Local Government Association representing local government in England and Wales.

Website of the Local Government Information Unit in the United Kingdom.

Website of the Local Government Ombudsman in United Kingdom.

Website of the New Local Government Network. ”A non-profit making, independent think tank, NLGN seeks to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.” It contains the following links -

London Councils

Employers Organisation for Local Government

Greater London Authority

Improvement and Development Agency

Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association

Local Government Commission for England

Local Government Information Unit

Local Government Leadership Centre

Local Government Management Network

National Association of Local Councils

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives

The local e-gov website. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Website of the Commonwealth Local Government forum.

A directory of United Kingdom Local Government websites.

IDeA Knowledge delivers in-depth improvement news and examples of good practice from councils across England and Wales

United States of America

This site will link you to websites for all 50 States and local authorities within each . It also has a search facility via subject.

Issues/policy-based website for United States local government.

The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN) is a "first-stop shop" providing environmental management, planning, funding, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers and staff.

Local Government Online

Governing Magazine Online

Virginia Commission on Local Government


Directory of Australian Local Governments

Local Government Association of New South Wales

Local Government Association of South Australia

Local Government Association of Tasmania

Local Government Association of Queensland

Local Government Association of the Northern Territory

Local Government Managers Australia

Local Government Victoria

South Africa

South African Local Government Association

Other European Sites

Website of the Local Government International Bureau

European Local Government website links

Other Worldwide Sites

Links worldwide to local government sites

Local Government in Developing Countries