The Local Governance for Community Wellbeing Cabinet paper suggests re-introducing social, environmental, economic and cultural wellbeing back into the Local Government Act 2002. The previous government removed these local body responsibilities – putting the emphasis on basic infrastructure.

Local government New Zealand is welcoming the discussion. They think that local government has a big role to play in intergenerational wellbeing.

Currently Aotearoa New Zealand has a much more centralised approach, with 88 percent of public expenditure – much more than Denmark (31 percent), Germany (19) percent.

Local decision making means that communities have much more say in the design of local services.

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