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Local Government and Community Branch


Engaged Communities - Effective Local Government - Informed Central Government

  • Local Government and Community Policy
  • Funding
  • Trust Administration
  • Community Advisory Services
  • Linking Local and Central Government
  • Charities Commission
  • Community Resources and Information

    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:
    • Government’s experts in local government, and community, hapu and iwi development
    • The leader in the government’s relationship with local government
    • Government’s preferred administrator of community grant funding

    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:
    • the government's and Local Government and Community Branch's role in community development
    • improving the mechanisms for resourcing communities
    • the community development perspective on key inter-agency projects
    The Policy Team also provides strategic advice as required to the Lottery Grants Board and works closely with other government departments who have an interface with Local Government and the Community and Voluntary Sector. It supports the local government system through administration of aspects of the statutory framework and provision of information. Local Government Services is part of the Regulation and Compliance Branch and gives advice and information to the public about local government.

    For more information see:

    Funding
    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:
    and the Lottery National Community Committee's subcommittees The Branch also administers and services the Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund.

    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 Crisis Response Fund for community support after a youth suicide is now administered by the Ministry of Youth Affairs.)


    Trust Administration
    The Branch administers the following trusts and fellowships on behalf of the Government, providing advice and monitoring services, processing applications and advising Ministers:
    The Branch administers the Community Trusts Act 1999, including administration of appointments to the 12 Community Trusts.


    (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.


    Charities Commission
    The
    Charities Commission was established under the Charities Act 2005 to:

  • promote public trust in charitable organisations;
  • provide education and assistance to the charitable sector;
  • encourage best practice in governance and use of resources;
  • maintain and monitor a register of charities;
  • receive annual returns and monitor the activities of charities; and
  • provide advice on matters relating to charities


    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.

    CommunityNet Aotearoa
    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.


    Community Matters
    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:

  • Latest issue: No. 19 - June 2006 (878k)
  • No 18 - March 2006 (780k)
  • No 17 - December 2005 (790k)
  • No. 16 - June 2005 (1.2m)
  • No. 15 - February 2005 (902k)
  • No. 14 - September 2004 (957k)
  • No. 13 - April 2004 (2.9m)
  • No. 12 - November 2003 (2.3m)
  • No. 11 - August 2003 (1.3m)

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