The Review into the Future for Local Government is one of the most significant developments our sector has seen in decades. It will explore how councils can maintain and improve the well-being of New Zealanders in the communities they serve, long into the future. 

Latest information from the Government

The Future for Local Government Review Panel released its draft report 'He mata whāriki, he matawhānui' on 28 October 2022. It previously released an interim report 'Ārewa ake te Kaupapa - Raising the platform' at the beginning of October 2021.

You can read about the background of the Review into the Future for Local Government including the Terms of Reference on the Department of Internal Affairs website.

Updates from Taituarā

28 October 2022 media release: Taituarā responds to the Future for Local Government Review Panel's draft report 'He mata whāriki, he matawhānui' - Taituarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa welcomes the Future for Local Government Review Panel’s draft report 'He mata whāriki, he matawhānui' and acknowledges the Panel’s significant effort to get to this point, including the extensive engagement it has undertaken over the past 18 months.

24 August 2022 submission: The Taituarā submission on The Future for Local Government can be found on our Advocacy webpage.

13 July 2022 media release: Future for Local Government update - The consultation period on the Future for Local Government Review Panel's draft report has been extended. We would also like to share the Taituarā Board 'position overview' in this update.

14 June 2022 media release: Taituarā Future for Local Government review feedback - We would like to update you on the work Taituarā has been doing to help prepare our sector for the Future for Local Government review programme. This includes feedback from our workshops earlier this year, plus the latest from our Democracy and Participation Reference Group (DPRG) hui.

9 March 2022 media releaseHighlights from our Future for Local Government roadshow - We’ve now completed our first series of online engagement focused on reimagining the future of local governance. Thanks so much to all who have participated. We would like to share the Roadshow's introductory video 'Ki te kāhore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi' (without foresight or vision the people will be lost), a brief initial summary of what we heard from participants, and some key files that were shared during the sessions.

11 February 2022 shared files: The Taituarā Executive Board endorsed and would like to share these files relating to the Future for Local Government reforms. Taituarā - te ao hurihuri – a time for change​ - this is a presentation developed by Monica Frazer and delivered to Taituarā at the Executive Board Strategy Day by Nedine Thatcher-Swann and Monica Frazer. Achieving wellbeing of the people, wellbeing of the environment, in partnership with iwi/Māori: Keeping it real - a ‘practical-strategic’ perspective - this is a think piece contribution to the Taituarā response to the Future for Local Government Review by Chris Marsh, Managing Director, Marsh Public Service Solutions.

2 November 2021 media release: The Future for Local Government - seizing the opportunity - A month on from the release of Ārewa ake te Kaupapa – Raising the Platform, we are gearing up for a great conversation with the Future for Local Government Review Panel at our conference taking place from 6-7 December 2021 titled 2050: Embracing the Challenge Creating the Future. We look forward to you joining us and exploring what it will take to create the conditions for community well-being. In this article we look at the opportunities we will discuss in December and beyond.

29 October 2021 webinarFree Webinar: Future for Local Government – the opportunity for change - This webinar summarises the key messages within The Future for Local Government Review Panel's first report Ārewa ake te Kaupapa. Presented by Kath Ross, Manager - Transitions, and Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor.

8 October 2021 media releaseTaituarā welcomes the Future for Local Government Panel interim report - Taituarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa welcomes the insightful and comprehensive analysis from The Future for Local Government Review Panel, shaping the work it will undertake over the next twelve months.

23 April 2021 media releaseThe Future for Local Government - An independent review of local government has been announced - this is one of the most significant developments the sector has seen in decades. It will explore how councils can maintain and improve the well-being of New Zealanders in the communities they serve, long into the future.