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Local Government and Community Branch
Engaged Communities - Effective Local Government - Informed Central Government
The Local Government and Community Branch works toward the government and departmental goal of building ‘strong sustainable communities, hapu and iwi’. Strong sustainable communities, hapu and iwi have the potential to more effectively find solutions to local problems and achieve their own well-being.
Our services contribute to the building of strong communities in the broadest sense – connecting central government, local government and communities, hapu, iwi – to identify, plan for and realise their futures.
The Local Government and Community Branch works to be:
Local Government and Community Policy
The Local Government and Community Policy Team provides advice to the Minister of Local Government, the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and to government on:
For more information see:
The Branch administers and services the Lottery Grants Board and the network of Lottery Distribution Committees, preparing and processing application forms, advertising and publicising grant availability, investigating applicants and preparing reports on them, organising distribution committee meetings, arranging the distribution of grants and monitoring their use.
The Distribution Committees are:
Lottery grants are the profits of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission. (Enquiries about prizes should be directed to the Commission at P O Box 3145 Wellington Phone: (04) 802-7000).
The Branch administers and provides information and advice on the following community grants or funding schemes to support local initiatives, community services and community-based youth development:
The Branch administers the following trusts and fellowships on behalf of the Government, providing advice and monitoring services, processing applications and advising Ministers:
(For a comprehensive list of community funding see Funding Information Service - http://www.fis.org.nz)
Community Advisory Services
The Local Government and Community Branch has trained Community Development Advisors working from 16 regional offices to provide information to community groups. The service is free.
Linking Local and Central Government
The Local Government and Community Branch has a dedicated team that facilitates contact between local authorities and central government agencies involved in the Community Outcomes Processes.
The Charities Commission was established under the Charities Act 2005 to:
Community Resources and Information
Through its activities with communities, action research and evaluation studies the Local Government and Community Branch produces resources and information that are of use to communities and community organisations.
The Local Government and Community Branch administers CommunityNet Aotearoa (www.community.net.nz) which provides information and encourages information sharing by community and voluntary organisations, hapu, iwi and whanau.
The Local Government and Community Branch publishes a quarterly periodical, Community Matters, with features about the work of Local Government and Community Branch and the community groups it supports. These PDF files may be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader:
Last updated: 30/06/2006