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Local Government Act 2002


The Local Government Act 2002 was given royal assent on 24 December 2002. An electronic version of the new Act may be accessed below.
  • NEW! Strategy for Evaluating Local Government Legislation (December 2005) Link here to a copy of the strategy developed by the Department of Internal Affairs for evaluating the roles, responsibilities, powers and accountabilities of local government as defined by the Local Government Act 2002, the Local Electoral Act 2001, and the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002.
  • NEW! www.localcouncils.govt.nz
    (Link here to the Local Councils website, managed by the Department of Internal Affairs)

  • Local Government Funding Project - Background information about the Local Government Funding Project (Local Government Policy), including a link to the July 2005 Report on Local Authority Funding Issues.

Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002
Part 13 of the Local Government Bill 2001 was split off during the Committee stages of the House to become a separate Act, the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002. This Act made several amendments to the Local Electoral Act 2001. These amendments were:
  • to implement policy decisions on reviews of representation by local authorities and Maori wards;
  • to implement changes arising from the review of the 2001 local elections by the Justice & Electoral Committee; and
  • to add preparatory provisions for the implementation of STV.

Summary of Changes
Link here to a media statement from the Minister of Local Government, Hon Chris Carter.
For some background to the passing of the Act, link here to the second and third reading speech notes of the Hon Chris Carter, Minister of Local Government:
The Local Government Bill as reported back to Parliament
The Local Government Bill was reported back to Parliament from the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on 10 December. The following link will direct you to an electronic version of the Bill as reported back, courtesy of the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives website: (Please note: Large file size. This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.)

The following material was prepared by Department of Internal Affairs to aid understanding of the changes between the Local Government Bill as introduced to Parliament on 18 December 2001 and the Bill as reported back from the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on 10 December 2002.
(This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.)

Background to the Local Government Bill
The Local Government Act 1974 (LGA) was the main piece of legislation defining the power and responsibility of local authorities. The decision to review the Act, and other local government legislation, was made in March 2000. The review of the LGA and preparation of the consultation document saw unprecedented levels of cooperation between central and local government. The new Local Government Bill was introduced to Parliament on 18 December 2001, and received royal assent on 24 December 2002.
(This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.)


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.

More Information:
  • Maori and Local Government The Department of Internal Affairs EfM team has produced this document on Treaty of Waitangi issues and the Maori provisions in recent Local Government Legislation.

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