The Reforms 2023

This year sees significant reforms proposals across three major areas in Local Government.

During February 2023 Kaikōura District Council will be considering its submissions on each of the reforms and will post information on this webpage and other Kaikōura District Council communications to keep our community informed. For now you can find brief information and helpful links on each of the reforms by clicking the buttons below.



Future for Local Government Review

In April 2021, the Government announced an independent review of local government. The Review will identify how our system of local democracy and governance needs to evolve over the next 30 years to improve the wellbeing of New Zealand communities, the environment, and actively embody Te Tiriti.


Resource Management Act Reform

Under the Resource Management Act, councils make important decisions about their communities' natural and built environment. The Government has made in-principal decisions to shift to a regional planning model. The Resource Management Act 1991 and the current process will be repealed and replaced with three new acts.


Three Waters Reforms

Currently three waters services in New Zealand are delivered by 67 local councils and are paid for by rates. Government is proposing that responsibility for providing these services is removed from local councils and transferred to 4 large multi-regional entities.