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Local Government in New Zealand - Local Councils


Guides & kits

Good Practice Guide for Working with Local Government

Developed to assist Ministry of Social Development staff to work with local authorities and other agencies on the consultation, planning, and reporting requirements of community outcomes under the Local Government Act 2002. It provides context about the community outcomes process, examples of Ministry involvement to date and resource information. Good Practice Guide.

Guidance on Development Contributions Policies

(updated January 2021)

Developed by the Department of Internal Affairs with input from the local government and development sectors. Guide to developing and operating development contributions policies under the Local Government Act 2002 (.PDF, 4.9MB).

The purpose of this guide is to provide a technical resource for the preparation and operation of development contributions policies under the Local Government Act 2002. This guide is intended to be particularly helpful for smaller councils and officers new to development contributions. The guide includes resources, templates and forms, and a template Development Contributions Policy (.DOCX, 151KB) has also been developed for councils to use and adapt.

Good Practice Participate

The Ministry of Social Development, Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector's website resource for government agencies on participation. This includes a specific section on working with local government, as a Key Sector.

Local Government Commission

View guidelines that explain the procedures for changing the structure of local government, representation reviews and taking over land drainage and water race schemes.

Local Government New Zealand

Provides an online library of publications on local government.

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has recently published a substantial amount of information about the ways Māori and local government collaborate and interact. You can access this information on their website by clicking

Quality Planning - The RMA Planning Resource

This project promotes best practice by sharing knowledge about policy and plan development under the Resource Management Act (RMA). This has been done by making use of the lessons learnt in the first 10 years of preparing plans under the RMA, and by establishing links between practitioners. Quality Planning.

Strategy for Evaluating Local Government Legislation

Link here to a copy of the strategy developed by The Department of Internal Affairs for evaluating the roles, responsibilities, powers and accountabilities of local government as defined by the Local Government Act 2002, the Local Electoral Act 2001, and the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002.

Links to other sites of interest:

Community Net Aotearoa

A community site hosted by The Department of Internal Affairs.

All about safety with dogs.