April 23, 2021
Local government set for shake up
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government is a chance to explore how the Treaty partnership can be embodied through the role and representation of iwi/Māori in local government.
The review will also look at how the system of local democracy needs to evolve over the next 30 years.
It will be chaired by former Waimakariri District Council chief executive Jim Palmer and includes Māori resource management and cultural heritage consultant Antoine Coffin, former senior public servant John Ombler, Auckland Council community and social innovation manager Gael Surgenor, and former Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse.
Ms Mahuta says councils are facing a wave of reforms that will significantly affect their traditional roles and functions, so the timing is right to determine what local democracy should look like to make sure it is fit for the future,.
The review will issue an interim report on its probable direction in September, followed by a draft report for public consultation a year later and a final report in April 2023.
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