The Green Party supports having local government decision making carried out by communities - so that decisions about local issues are made by local New Zealanders.
Changes to local government
Taking the local out of local government
Local government plays an important role in our communities. Councils carry out the activities that give towns and cities their colour and identity and yet this Government is cutting the heart of local government.
Loss of democracy
Suspension of elections in Canterbury
We have campaigned strongly against the removal of democracy in Christchurch. The extension of the appointment of Commissioners to the Canterbury regional council was done on a flimsy basis. This sets an unacceptably low benchmark for the removal of democracy.
Recent news about Local Government
The National government needs to stop beating up on local government and develop the type of genuine partnership that Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is promoting in its "Local Government Funding Review" discussion paper, the Green Party said today. More
The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets. More
The Green Party is opposing this bill because it undermines local democracy, it severely constrains councils' ability to fund community infrastructure, it potentially reduces consultation on quite significant council decisions, and it means that there is going to be much more likelihood of big, unitary councils with weak local boards. It is a bad bill. More
The main beneficiaries of reducing the development contributions are actually the developers. It does not reduce the price of houses that much, and the biggest losers in the whole equation are the councils. More
It is anti-democratic, and it is not something that I think this Government should be rolling out throughout New Zealand. More
What development contributions do is create the assets that communities need to make a community. Those assets include things like libraries, like swimming pools, like recreational facilities and sports fields. We have grave concerns that this legislation, the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3), sets out restrictions around that. More
The Green Party supports this bill to validate errors in rating made by the Christchurch City Council, but deplores the necessity for retrospective legislation and calls on the Department of Internal Affairs to provide clearer guidence to local authorities throughout New Zealand on basics such as how to set rating resolutions. More
The Green Party opposes this Bill because of the potential to undermine local government and democracy and because it narrows the definition of community infrastructure and that will prevent development contributions being used to fund quite basic and quite essential community facilities like swimming pools, museums, reserves, and other recreational facilities. More
This bill has a major impact on the council's ability to do this because of its very narrow definition of community infrastructure and its prohibition on development contributions being used to fund libraries and swimming pools, in particular. Many submitters opposed this new amended definition and asked for their current provisions to remain. More
Changes to the Local Government Act will undermine local democracy and concentrate power in the hands of a few, said the Green Party today. More
That ethic of looking after each other, and its twin companion, creating a better New Zealand for future generations, are a heritage that I am proud of, but... I am distressed and frustrated at how that heritage has been cast aside by the Governments of recent decades. More
Join Green Party list MPs David Clendon and Eugenie Sage along with other speakers lead a discussion on proposals to reorganise local government in Northland.