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Local Goverment New Zealand (LGNZ) commissioned this paper which takes a high-level look at the interrelationships between the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA), the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA). It comments on the coherence of the statutory framework for local government and on how this statutory framework is holding up in the face of current challenges.
The major finding is that overall the statutory framework for local government in New Zealand as provided for in the LGA, RMA and LTMA is not broken, but simply worse for wear. For so long as the purpose of local government includes enabling democratic local decisionmaking and action by, and on behalf of, communities, the consultation and engagement focus in the LGA remains appropriate. Establishing local mandates for infrastructure and its funding takes time.
The other key findings are;