Enabling local voice and accountability in the future resource management system

Local Government Resource Management Reform Steering Group

Resource management planning and decision making can have profound impacts on the wellbeing of local communities and the ways that members of local communities live, work and play. The concept of ‘local voice’ means that people have a way to articulate the aspirations, priorities and concerns that are important to them as a community at a local level. Representing local voice is a key function of local government and fundamental to the democratic governance of matters affecting communities.

The Local Government Resource Management Reform Steering Group commissioned FrankAdvice to assist in developing initial advice aimed at strengthening the input of local voice in the future resource management system. This advice will be considered by Ministers and the Ministry for the Environment to inform design decisions for resource management system reform.

FrankAdvice facilitated workshops with the Steering Group Mayors and council Chief Executives to develop the advice. We then drafted a discussion paper and contributed to an engagement process with officials and the local government sector. The paper has been published on the Ministry for the Environment website – https://environment.govt.nz/publications/enabling-local-voice-and-accountability-in-the-future-resource-management-system/