• James Allan on the He Puapua Report. Find out more here.


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    The report on He Puapua by Professor James Allan

    We recently commissioned Professor James Allan to draft a report on He Puapua. His analysis, "The radical prescription for undermining democracy and the rule of law" can be downloaded below. We hope Professor Allan’s analysis sparks a national conversation about the future of our constitutional arrangements and is considered in any future UNDRIP implementation or realisation plans that are proposed by this Labour Government. Continue reading

    Government to force Three Waters scheme despite overwhelming opposition

    The controversial Three Waters legislation is one step closer - the Water Services Entities Bill was introduced to the House last week. Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta said it was the first of several pieces of legislation concerning the proposed water entities. Continue reading

    Taxpayers’ Union takes to the streets to fight Three Waters

    Christchurch was the first of 39 stops in a nationwide roadshow run by the Taxpayers’ Union to oppose the Government’s Three Waters reform. Executive director Jordan Williams said the tour was being held to hear and highlight the concerns of ratepayers and local councils opposed to the “undemocratic three waters asset grab.” Continue reading

    Radical changes to local government afoot

    A Ministerial review into the future for Local Government is underway “to consider how New Zealand’s system of local democracy and governance will need to evolve over the next 30 years, in order to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders, and actively embody the Treaty partnership”. Ārewa ake te Kaupapa – Raising the platform Continue reading


    As local body elections loom in September/October, concerns are being expressed that councillors are insufficiently resourced to effectively represent their constituents. Continue reading

    Overhaul of conservation legislation underway

    The government is undertaking a comprehensive reform of conservation legislation. Currently, it is consulting on a set of targeted amendments to legislation regarding conservation management planning, and the concessions system. Continue reading