Parliament

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

 

Local Government Policy Direction Summary

Local Government Policy Direction Summary Document Released Today

The Minister of Local Government Hon Sandra Lee today released a Statement of Government policy direction for review of the Local Government Act 1974.

The summary document outlines some key issues the Labour-Alliance coalition is considering, to modernise and democratise the local government sector.

"We're looking to breathe new life into the main piece of legislation governing local bodies because the present Local Government Act is on its last legs," Ms Lee said.

"Ratepayers and residents should not be penalised just because their councils are currently not allowed to operate with sufficient flexibility to deal with modern issues in modern ways," she said.

"The Labour-Alliance coalition is also concerned to ensure that councils should be able to take into account a wider range of factors such as the social outcome of their decisions."

"We need a dynamic, sustainable economy based on partnership between government, local communities and the private sector," she said. "Our aim is a better quality of life and opportunities for all."

Ms Lee said the summary document was only an indication of the policy formation approach that the Government was currently taking in partnership with representatives of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

"We will carry out a formal public consultation process next year, once a more fully developed set of proposals has been drawn up, " she said.

"This is more of a summary of current thinking, so we can get some early feedback on our directions."

Ms Lee said the summary document set out the Labour-Alliance coalition's broad policy direction for the review of the Local Government Act.

The document proposed that the future purpose of local government be "to enable local decision-making by and on behalf of citizens in their local communities to promote their social, economic and environmental well-being in the present and for the future."

It also envisages a future legislative framework for local government that would allow councils greater flexibility but accompany that with rigorous transparency and accountability measures.

Ends

Extra copies of the summary document are available through the Department of Internal Affairs website http://www.dia.govt.nz
or through Pamela Fleming, Media Adviser DIA, 04 495 9436 or 025 575 676


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Raising Corporate Taxes Has Become A Hot New Political Cause

Surprisingly, “raising taxes” has become a very fashionable political idea in 2021. That’s right. After decades of being seen (at best) as a necessary evil, higher corporate taxes are now being treated as the Great Good Thing that will revive the US economy, re-distribute wealth productively, help to build neglected and decaying public infrastructure, fund public health, address social inequality, restore a sense of community and generally make everyone feel better about the society in which they live... More>>

 

Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Government: Independent Experts To Advise On Post-Vaccination Future

The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination ... More>>

Travel: Trans-Tasman Bubble To Start 19 April

New Zealand’s successful management of COVID means quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris ... More>>

ALSO:


Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>

Finance: Crown Accounts Again Better Than Forecast

Hon Grant Robertson Minister of Finance The economic recovery from COVID-19 continues to be reflected in the Government’s books, which are again better than expected. The Crown accounts for the eight months to the end of February 2021 showed both OBEGAL ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels