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Local Government in New Zealand - Local Councils


Useful web links

The following is a list of links to various resources on key documents, research work and background information related to Māori participation, the Local Government Act and other related pieces of legislations.

Local Government Act 2002

What is local government and how does it operate?

The following three Information Sheets (in .pdf format) describe how you can get involved in decision-making.

Local Government New Zealand

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) represents the national interests of all 78 councils in New Zealand. You can access information about the ways Māori and local government collaborate and interact on the Local Government New Zealand website.


A Te Puni Kōkiri have published a research document entitled "Māori and Council Engagement Under The Resource Management Act 1991" .

The findings of four Māori participation research projects for the Electoral Commission in December 2006.


Māori and the Local Government Act. A summary of feedback from the series of workshops conducted in 2003 on Treaty of Waitangi issues and the Māori provisions in the Local Government Act 2002.

Community Advisory Services and Community Grants Scheme. Provides advice to help community and voluntary groups access the skills and resources they need and includes information about community funding.

The Community Development Scheme is designed to support community, hapū / iwi / Māori, Pacific and Ethnic groups in areas of identified need to determine their own development priorities to achieve sustainable community outcomes.

Other Related Sites

Sources of funding for projects and partnerships available from the Ministry for the Environment and other government departments.

Everyday Guide to the Resource Management Act is a set of booklets to help you with everyday matters under the RMA. The booklets explain specific RMA processes, your rights, and how you can get involved.

CommunityNet Aotearoa is an information sharing resource for New Zealand community and voluntary groups. Here you'll find guides, news and tools for and by clubs, groups, charities, trusts, hapū and iwi.

The Funding Information Service website holds searchable and detailed information about possible sources of funding for environmental and conservation projects.

Māori Television