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Taking the pulse of local government - 2015 survey

July 20, 2015


Partners Jonathan Salter
Senior Associates Kathryn McLean

Local government

Our new report identifies what Mayors and Chairs of local authorities think are the major issues facing their communities and organisations. Commissioned by Simpson Grierson and Local Government New Zealand, the report is based on a survey carried out in May/June 2015.

Responses were received from Mayors and Chairs of 60 rural, provincial, metropolitan and regional councils throughout New Zealand, a response rate of nearly 80%.

The research shows a number of key findings. These include:

  • investment (either external investment into a district/region, iwi investment or local business growth and investment) is seen as the top opportunity for communities
  • 68% said economic growth and job creation are the biggest challenges for Mayors and Chairs
  • 66% said funding and affordability issues are the major impediments Mayors and Chairs face for successful community outcomes.

To read the report in full, please click here.