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We support and advocate for councils across New Zealand, ensuring the needs and priorities of their communities and residents are heard loud and clear at the highest levels of central government.

We empower councils who know their communities best and support them to thrive – culturally, economically, socially and environmentally.

We’re led by a National Council of elected members in various capacities from across New Zealand and our focus is on being future-fit, proactive and inclusive in all that we do – from policy development, advocacy and story-telling, to supporting capability building through advice, consultancy and training.

We are primarily funded by membership fees. We also get Government funding to deliver programmes like The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) which creates thousands of jobs across the country and PacificTA. We also receive funding from agencies such as DIA, MFAT, MSD and Treasury to support councils to engage in policies and programmes that impact the sector and their communities.  

The vast majority of Government funding LGNZ receives goes directly into local communities or to support councils with shared services such as legal and technical experts. The breakdown of funding received over the last seven years is below: 

2022 –

  • MFAT-NZ Aid/PacificTA: $806,000
  • DIA sector engagement: $1 million
  • DIA reform technical support: $900,000
  • DIA libraries: $450,000
  • DIA Vote 2022 campaign: $125,000
  • MSD community recovery (MTFJ): $13,375,102

2021 –

  • MFAT-NZ Aid/PacificTA: $886,000
  • MSD community recovery (MTFJ): $10,113,426

2020 –

  • MFAT-NZ Aid/PacificTA: $806,000
  • MSD Tuia Programme (MTFJ): $60,000

2019 –

  • MFAT-NZ Aid/PacificTA: $766,000
  • DIA Contribution to Water Summit: $20,000
  • DIA -Water Research Project: $10,000

2018 –

  • MFAT-NZ Aid/PacificTA: $311,905
  • DIA -Water Research Project: $10,000

2017 –

  • MFAT-NZ Aid/PacificTA: $373,801
  • Treasury: $307,674

2016 –

  • MFAT-NZ Aid/PacificTA: $300,000
  • MFAT China Mayoral Forum: $50,000
  • Treasury: $612,612


Now more than ever, our communities need a vision and a voice to unite the shared interests of Aotearoa.

A vision that truly understands the issues that confront us today as well as anticipates those that will challenge us tomorrow. A voice that can translate meaningfully and powerfully - from the Beehive to our communities around the motu.

Our aim is as simple as it is lofty - to be local democracy's vision and voice.

In the face of enormous societal change and radical reform in the sector, LGNZ has developed a new strategy to help shape and catalyse that change in a way that positively impacts councils and their communities.

The LGNZ National Council is the elected leadership of LGNZ. 

To guide best practice governance, the Local Government New Zealand National Council has sub-committees.

Membership of LGNZ is divided into zones and sectors.  In this section you will find information about these groups, including contact details for chairs and administrators.

LGNZ is made up of three areas - all of which strive to make LGNZ the best organisation it can be. 

Read our staff bios and learn more about us here at LGNZ. 

SuperLocal is coming to Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington in 2024!

Names and profiles of the LGNZ life members.

Comprehensive annual reports on the activities and performance of Local Government New Zealand. 

Useful information about LGNZ's Annual General Meeting including remit, voting and delegate procedures. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of member authorities is held annually as part of the LGNZ conference.


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