Cabinet decisions and reform proposals

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Reform proposals

Cabinet papers and minutes and Regulatory Impact Analysis

Reform proposals

The section below provides information to support councils, and communities, to understanding the reform proposals.

Media releases from the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta confirmed the Government will create four publicly owned water entities to ensure every New Zealander has access to affordable, long-lasting drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure without ballooning costs to households and families. Read more below.


Request for Information – Local Dashboard release

The local dashboard provides a series of indicator that users can interact with to see information relevant to their councils. The dashboards draw on information that was supplied by councils in February 2021 and as such may not reflect what is in councils’ final Long-Term Plans. 

Cabinet papers and minutes and Regulatory Impact Analysis

In 2021 Cabinet took decisions on the key design features of the reform proposals including, size, boundaries, ownership, and protections of iwi/Māori rights and interests. The Department’s Regulatory Impact Analysis provides a comprehensive analysis of alternate options for reform that were considered through the reform programme. 

In October 2021, Cabinet took decisions to progress with the reforms to ensure all New Zealand communities can benefit from the reforms.

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