Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Consultation Process For Local Government Reforms

Government Announces Extensive Consultation Process For Local Government Reforms


Local Government Minister Sandra Lee has announced that a public consultation document on the Review of the Local Government Act will be launched next month.

"Public participation is a key part of the review process," Me Lee said. "The Department of Internal Affairs will be running a nationwide consultation programme to encourage people to take an active part in the process and to make submissions on the options in the review."

Ms Lee said the options document will cover a range of policy issues that have been considered by the Government over recent months. Issues included would range from whether there should be a broadly empowering provision as the cornerstone of the new legislation, through to the nature of the decision making processes and accountability requirements that should be put in place.

She said the document would be mailed directly to a wide range of individuals and organisations who have an interest in the existing Local Government Act, and any one else who wants a copy. The mailing lists are currently being developed in consultation with Local Government New Zealand and the local government sector.

Ms Lee said consultation meetings will target the general public, the local government sector, Maori, Pacific Island and ethnic communities.

The mailing outs will include the document itself, an executive summary, and information about public meetings at which DIA staff will facilitate discussion about the review. The consultation meetings will also be advertised in newspapers and on radio.

The consultation phase is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the proposed direction for local government, seek feedback on specific proposals and options, and ensure that important issues have been identified.

Once the document is released the public will have until 30 August 2001 to have their say.

Once the options document is launched, Local Government New Zealand will brief local authority Mayors, Chairs and chief executives to give an overview of the Review consultation document.

LGNZ workshops, in turn, will ensure that delegates attending the Local Government New Zealand Conference on 16-18 July 2001 are well briefed and prepared to enter the national debate on the proposed changes and to help draft a sector submission.

The Department of Internal Affairs welcomes suggestions about other target groups who may be interested in public meetings, or who can be reached by direct mail, email or other appropriate means.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote. We also acknowledge the men who supported the cause and voted for the Bill to pass.

“Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a female Prime Minister, we have women in cabinet. And I’m here as Acting Minister because the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is on maternity leave. New Zealand is a good place to be a woman!” More>>

 
 

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>

ALSO:

Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>

ALSO:

Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>

ALSO:

NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels