Te Arotake i te Anamata mō Ngā Kaunihera

Future for local government reform


  • The Government has set up an independent panel to look at our system of councils over the next 30 years.
  • With changes coming to three waters, resources and planning, the Government believes it makes sense to look at how councils work.
  • The government wants councils to be more flexible and adaptable to community needs.
  • It also wants them to work with iwi/hapū for better community outcomes.
  • The panel presented the draft report to Government in October 2022.
  • Feedback on the draft report is open from October 2022 to February 2023 and a final report is expected in June 2023.
  • The Government will then decide whether to implement the recommendations after it receives the final report.
  • For more information, go to the Department of Internal Affairs.
  • You can read Ko Tātou-Local Government New Zealand’s take on the changes here.


  • Read the draft report and have your say on it here.
  • Feedback on the report was open until 28 February 2023.
  • Read NPDC's submission to the Future for Local Government Review here.