Improvements ahead for councils and ratepayers alike.
Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has recently
announced further reforms to the local government sector to improve
the service delivery and infrastructure provision arrangements at
the local government level. Read the Beehive release here.
The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2)
(Bill) is part of the Government's reform
programme to enable an efficient and productive public services
The reforms include more flexibility to collaborate and develop
shared services; reorganisation processes that can be locally led
and driven; and greater use of joint Council Controlled
Organisations (CCOs) for providing services, with
improved accountability tools to safeguard local democracy. This
Bill provides for a broader range of functions to be transferred
between local authorities and joint governance arrangements for
areas of common or shared interest.
Current arrangements limit councils' ability to adequately
respond to and provide for regional and sub-regional economic and
population dynamics, while remaining responsive to local
preferences. As a result, some services are provided sub-optimally
because of lack of scale, integration, and strategic oversight
across local government jurisdictions.
The Commission and communities have expressed concerns that the
reorganisation process in the current provisions is weighted
towards amalgamation. The process is out of line with community
preference for and acceptance of smaller scale and more targeted
change that achieves efficiencies without weakening local
The amendments would provide significant opportunities for local
government to make efficiency and effectiveness gains in the areas
of water, transport and economic development in particular.
The Bill also provides discretionary powers to the Local
Government Commission to decide what investigations it will
undertake for local authority reorganisation. The Commission will
have to follow statutory guidance for reorganisations which
includes the use of polls.
These amendments tie in with other Government initiatives to
address broader national challenges including reforms to the
Resource Management Act 1991 (find out more here)) and the recently announced proposed
National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (find out
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