The Commission produces a number of resources to inform local authorities and members of the public about its work. These include guidance documents, factsheets, FAQs (frequently asked questions) and plans of the boundaries of local authorities.
Some material is written for a specialist audience and other material is more general in nature.
Browse the headings below to search for the appropriate resource.
Information and guidance about changing the structure of local authorities is available in our section on reorganisation.
The information includes guidelines for those making an application and more general material such as FAQs.
All local authorities review their electoral arrangements and membership at least once every six years.
There are guidelines and FAQs about this regular cycle of change in our section on representation reviews.
The information includes Statistics New Zealand data on the ratio between the population of an area and the number of elected members for that area.
Information about the process for changing boundaries is available at our section on local government boundaries.
In this section you can also use the ‘boundary descriptions’ button to search for boundaries and plans of individual local authorities. First, select the relevant region and then select the territorial authority by name.
The Commission has a number of other powers and functions which are sometimes used only rarely or for very small areas.
For example, it can change the management of land drainage schemes; transfer a ward from one council to a neighbouring council; create or abolish a community and with it a community board which represents that area; or carry out a review on behalf of the Minister of Local Government.
More information about these functions is available at the section other proposals for structural change.
There is also a search function in this section for historical work carried out by the Commission, for example the 2008 review of the Local Electoral Act 2001.
The Commission has proactively released its Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Local Government:
In addition to the Commission’s financial reporting to Parliament within the annual report of the Department of Internal Affairs, it produces a report of its proceedings and operations for the Minister of Local Government. This additional report usually summarises the decisions and determinations released by the Commission during the course of a year.
The Annual Report of the Department of Internal Affairs is available on the DIA website.
The latest report of the Commission’s proceedings and operations is available below.