Overview & decisions
Latest: 22 March 2018
The Local Government Commission has released the report:
The report highlights issues identified during the recent Auckland local government reorganisation process and includes recommendations to the Auckland Council and Minister of Local Government.
The Commission looks forward to receiving a formal written response from Auckland Council on 22 June 2018 and a progress update by 1 November 2018.
The Commission would like to thank all those that participated in the reorganisation process.
14 February 2018
30 November 2017:
The Local Government Commission has determined its preferred option for local government in the Auckland Council affected area is the existing local government arrangements in Auckland – the status quo. The final determination can be found here:
The options for North Rodney and Waiheke Unitary Authorities are not considered to meet the statutory tests for reasonably practicable options set out in the Local Government Act 2002 because:
Having considered the relevant matters, the Commission is satisfied that the existing local government arrangements is the preferred option as it will, in the affected area of Auckland, best promote the purpose of local government and will facilitate improved economic performance.
More details can be found in the Commission’s decision paper and supporting documents below.
APPENDIX B - Morrison Low report (PDF, 2.4MB)
APPENDIX C - Peer Review Panel minutes (PDF, 113KB)
APPENDIX D - Communities of Interest study - Rodney (PDF, 1.1MB)
APPENDIX E - Communities of Interest study - Waiheke (PDF, 808KB)
APPENDIX F - Community support research findings (PDF, 746KB)
See our media release: No change for North Rodney, Waiheke (30 November 2017)
Auckland Options Assessment - August 2017
9 August 2017 – The Local Government Commission has released a report authored by Morrison Low to assist the Commission identify the “reasonably practicable options’’ for local government in Auckland as part of the current reorganisation process.
The report’s findings are just one input into the Commission’s decision-making process. The Commission will also consider communities of interest analysis and the results and findings of any other investigations or inquiries it considers appropriate in its determination of the reasonably practicable options and, subsequently, the preferred option for local government change in Auckland.
The reasonably practicable options must always include the status quo local government arrangements for the affected area (Auckland).
Talking to Auckland communities (6 September 2016)
The Local Government Commission is running a phased engagement programme to hear from the public about local government services in Auckland as a result of receiving two applications for local government change – one from the Northern Action Group (North Rodney), the other from Our Waiheke (Waiheke Island).
In August 2015, the Commission agreed to assess an application from the Northern Action Group (NAG) for a unitary authority for North Rodney. The Commission had earlier declined to assess the application on public interest grounds but was overturned on this ground by the High Court.
The Commission has since been gathering further information.
On 14 April, the Commission to determined that the “affected area’’ for the application is the Auckland Council area, and not just North Rodney. It also decided there is demonstrable community support in the Auckland Council area for local government reorganisation and notified its intention to call for alternative applications.
Commission seeking Auckland community views (6 September 2016)
Auckland local government submissions published (28 July 2016)
Commission to assess North Rodney application (August 2015)
Decision on North Rodney application (July 2014)
Time line Summary: