We all know that the things that make us different are the things that make us special. Across New Zealand, our regions, towns, cities and districts all have different identities. These identities are formed by the people who live and work there, and the ways they engage in their communities.
Localism provides a way to strengthen and build upon those things that make us special - developing better, local solutions to problems, fostering stronger local ties and engagement, and, ultimately, ensuring the places where people live and work become the places they want them to be.
It’s about creating a brighter future for Aotearoa and our communities by harnessing the power of local decision making. When localism is in action, communities are supported by councils who bring together, enable and empower citizens to develop local solutions, and strengthen wellbeing.
Better solutions, through councils and communities working together.
Stronger local democracy, with increased engagement across the board.
An increased sense of belonging - people feel valued.
More connected with iwi, hapū and rūnanga, helping councils be better Te Tiriti partners.
Stronger communities, fostering local pride and identity.
Local people - those affected - are at the heart of government delivery.
Increased transparency and accountability of decision making.
Greater opportunities for innovation and new ideas, with more people with broader backgrounds and experience involved.
More incentive for people to engage, as there's direct impact on decision making and outcomes.
FUTURE BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT
There are already amazing examples of localism being put into practice across New Zealand. Download our handy flyer which shows just some of the examples people have already shared with us - and then share yours!