Localism Resources *for media*

Enhancing Democratic Well-being: Feedback on Reinvigorating Local Democracy

To read public feedback on our localism discussion paper Reinvigorating Local Democracy click here.


Discussion Paper

To read Reinvigorating local democracy: The case for localising power and decision-making to councils and communities click here.

To read a summary of Reinvigorating local democracy click here.


Position statement

To read the Local government position statement on localism click here.

To read LGNZ President Dave Cull's speech launching the project click here.


#localismNZ: Bringing power to the people

#localismNZ: Bringing power to the people explains the rationale behind localism and responds to commonly heard objections. This essay explains how unusual New Zealand's centralism is when compared internationally. New Zealand's councils have limited fiscal autonomy. Their mandate is also much more restricted that local government in other parts of the world.

New Zealand needs to debate the evidence and ideas that underpin localism. The New Zealand Initiative and LGNZ are calling for a shift in the way public decisions are made in New Zealand, by seeking a commitment to localism. 

To read #localismNZ: Bringing power to the people click here.

To view The New Zealand Initiative's work on localism click here.


The Localism Symposium, 28 February 2019

To view the presentation slides click the links below:

Welcome and overview - Dave Cull, President, LGNZ

The importance of localism - Lianne Dalziel, Mayor, Christchurch City Council

Launch of #localismNZ - Dr Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative

The reasons for promoting localism - Craig Stobo, Chair, Local Government Funding Agency

Draft localism discussion paper explained - Jason Krupp, Deputy CE Advocacy, LGNZ

Community attitudes to localism: survey results - Marc Elliott, Director (Rural), UMR

Next steps - Stuart Crosby, Vice President, LGNZ