The Department of Internal Affairs

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Local Government in New Zealand - Local Councils



LocalCouncil Illustrated

Local Council Illustrated

We have commissioned this poster illustrating a wide range of everyday activities and services that councils perform. A high resolution image of the poster is available here for free and may be duplicated: Local Government Poster , (1,620 kb).

Understanding Local Government: Information Sheets

To view the following Information Sheets you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your PC. You can download Acrobat Reader for free from the Adobe website.

Local Government Info Sheet (437kb). Among other things, this Information Sheet answers the following questions:

  • What is local government and what does it do?
  • What types of councils make up local government?
  • How are councils formed and governed?
  • What are community boards?
  • What powers do local authorities have?
  • Why does a council make local bylaws?
  • How is local government funded?
  • How are council decisions made?
  • How can I participate in local government?
  • Who can vote and stand for election?

Local Government Info Sheet for Youth (472kb). This Information Sheet provides the same information as the previous, but with an introduction intended for a more youthful audience.

Here are te reo Māori versions of the same information sheets for you to download, Local Government Info Sheet - Māori (900kb) and Local Government Info Sheet for Youth - Māori (996kb).

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