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Governance and local government

Local government is at the centre of decision-making across regions and communities and helps to shape all our futures. The Local Government Centre is a dedicated centre within the Institute and manages projects in this area. Our work in this area focuses on:

  • Research which develops understanding of international and national trends, best practice, what works, what doesn’t and why.
  • Providing consultancy services to local government and stakeholders 
  • Building a New Zealand based cluster of expertise on local government and governance.

Current research

The following are examples of research that is currently being conducted:
  • Submission on the Proposal for the Establishment of Local Boards in Auckland to the Local Government Commission, December 2009.
  • Making Links Taking Action- conducted for the ASB Community Trust, City of Manukau Education Trust (COMET), Enterprise North Shore, Enterprising Manukau, Waitakere and Manukau City Councils, November 2009.
  • Economic Development and Tourism Governance and Structures- conducted for Palmerston North City Council, October 2009. David Wilson, Peter McKinlay, Catherine Harland and Adrienne von Tunzlemann.
  • Local Government Options for Northland- conducted for Whangarei District Council, Far North District Council, Kaipara District Council, October 2009 - April 2010.
  • An ongoing series of seminars on the future governance of Auckland with the purpose of raising the quality of public debate and contribution to the changes which the government is putting in place.

For more information on research and studies, view our 

current research

Postgraduate students

The following are examples of research currently being conducted by postgraduate students
  • Jeanette Elley - Media influence and electricity sector public policy in NZ: a content and discourse analysis for the period 2006 to 2007.
  • Ruth Choudharey - Cultural wellbeing and the LGA 2002.
  • Karen Webster - Whakapiri tatou, hei manaaki tangata, hei manaaki whenua / Effective governance for urban sustainability.

For more information on studying in this area, view study areas

Key Staff

  • Peter Mckinlay
  • David Wilson



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Last updated: 27 Sep 2010 2:30pm

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