The Local Governance Think Tank is a public sector resource to support innovative change that benefits all New Zealanders.

A first of its kind for the country, we're here to assist local government organisations to build stronger communities.

2024 is going to be a year of both challenge and opportunity.  Almost the only certainty is that change is inevitable. local government faces a stark choice. Either it takes control of the agenda, partners with its communities and makes local  governance the driver of change or it  waits for whatever central government decides to do.

Supporting councils in placing strong local governance at the heart of everything they do is now central to the work of the think tank  and its international partners. Our choose localism strategy page provides a very good overview including  presentations from world leaders in supporting local governance. It also sets out how you can get involved.


About us

Why we're here, what we want to achieve & why it's important.

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Who's invloved

Informal direction is being provided by Waipa District Council and a number of other councils

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Interesting reading

Read the latest research, articles and blog posts here.

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Be part of it

Want to join the Think Tank team? Well it's your lucky day!

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