Author:Local Government Commission
Source:Local Government Commission
In 2015 the Local Government Commission agreed to assess an application for local government reorganisation from the Northern Action Group in North Rodney. An application from Our Waiheke, based on Waiheke Island, followed. Both sought unitary councils separate from Auckland Council for their respective areas.
During the reorganisation process that followed, the Commission heard from different sectors of the community. Many spoke of the benefits that came with being part of a large organisation, and the ability for Council to take a region-wide view. However, others were concerned that the “local” is being lost from local government.
While the Commission determined through the reorganisation process that the status quo was the preferred option for local government in Auckland, this does not mean the Council’s operations and services are optimally aligned for all its diverse communities. The Auckland region has been through a period of major change with the amalgamation of eight councils in 2010. Auckland Council is now in its third term. It is shifting from a phase of consolidation into one of improving services and responsiveness. While the local government structure itself is appropriate, challenges remain. Now is an opportune time to consider how best to meet these challenges.
Armed with the information and feedback received during the reorganisation process we are in a good position to reflect on what can be done to make local government work better for the residents, businesses and communities of Auckland, and in particular in Auckland’s outer areas. The success of local government in Auckland relies on goodwill, good relationships and people working together. We hope that the recommendations in this report will go some way to strengthening those relationships.