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Local Government Services

The Local Government Services group undertakes the Department's operational responsibilities with regard to local government. Local Government Services gives advice and information to the public about local government and provides advisory and administrative support to the Local Government Commission to assist it in carrying out its statutory functions.

Local Government Services provides boating facilities and regulates boating activity at Lake Taupo. It is also responsible for Harbourmaster functions for Lake Taupo and administers and enforces the Lake Taupo Regulations 1976. The unit exercises territorial authority functions on behalf of the Minister of Local Government on some offshore islands where the Minister has the powers of a territorial authority.

The Rates Rebates Scheme, which provides rebates to low-income ratepayers, is also administered in the unit.

  • Link here to Local Government Policy
  • Link here to information about the Local Government Act 2002
  • Link here to information about the Local Electoral Act 2001

    Local Government KnowHow
  • LG KnowHow is a joint work programme by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM), and the Department of Internal Affairs, to provide councils with the guidance, templates, "best practice" advice and ongoing training that will enable them to implement the new Local Government and Rating Acts successfully.

    Further Information
    • Dog Control The Dog Control Amendment Act 2003 is intended to make New Zealand a safer place for children. An electronic (pdf) version of the Dog Control Amendment Act is now available from this website.
    • The Fencing of Swimmings Pool Act 1987 (Guidelines for Territorial Authorities, published 1999) 470k. To read or print a .pdf document you need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site. For a hard copy version contact: info@dia.govt.nz.
    • You and Your Council (Brochures and information on New Ways of Getting Involved. Available in Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Samoan, Tongan and Chinese.

    Choosing Electoral Systems in Local Government in New Zealand (May 2002)
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  • Choosing Electoral Systems in Local Government in New Zealand (360k) This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. To access this document you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.

    This resource document, Choosing Electoral Systems in Local Government in New Zealand, is designed to help local government elected members and officials as they consider whether or not to change from a First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system to a Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system for the 2004 local elections. Local authorities have the option to change electoral systems under the Local Electoral Act 2001. This document contains facts that anybody considering local government electoral systems in New Zealand should know about STV and how it works. The document has been prepared by the STV Taskforce, convened by the Department of Internal Affairs, and features contributions from a number of expert authors and reviewers.


    Local Government Directory (February 2003)
    A Directory of Local Government in New Zealand is available below in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. To access these documents you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.

    A Directory of Local Government in New Zealand: Pt 1 (9k)
    Contents and Introduction

    A Directory of Local Government in New Zealand: Pt 2 (112k)
    Regional Councils and Unitary Authorities

    A Directory of Local Government in New Zealand: Pt 3 (114k)
    Territorial Authorities

    A Directory of Local Government in New Zealand: Pt 4 (80k)
    A Map of North Island Boundaries

    A Directory of Local Government in New Zealand: Pt 5 (55k)
    A Map of South Island Boundaries

    A Directory of Local Government in New Zealand: Pt 6 (8k)
    New Zealand Departments / Offices of Local Government




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