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Ministerial portfolio

Local Government

Minister of Local Government
Current Minister:
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Associate Minister:
Associate Minister of Local Government
Current Associate Minister:
Hon Kieran McAnulty

Responsibilities include supporting the system of local government and the central government and local government relationship, oversight of the Local Government Commission, acting as the territorial authority for the 11 islands that are not part of a local authority’s district and the harbour authority for Lake Taupō, the administration of the Rates Rebate Scheme, and leadership of the three waters work programme.


The Department of Internal Affairs provides the administrative support for this portfolio.

Crown entities: 

Taumata Arowai–the Water Services Regulator

Other organisations: 

Local Government Commission


Vote Internal Affairs


Bylaws Act 1910
Chatham Islands Council Act 1995
Counties Insurance Empowering Act 1941
Dog Control Act 1996
Freedom Camping Act 2011 (jointly with the Department of Conservation)
Impounding Act 1955
Land Drainage Act 1908
Libraries and Mechanics Institutes Act 1908
Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act 1968
Local Authorities Reorganisation (Property Transfers) Act 1990
Local Electoral Act 2001
Local Government Act 1974
Local Government Act 2002
Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009
Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010
Local Government Borrowing Act 2011
Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
Local Government (Rating) Act 2002
Local Legislation Acts 1926-1992
Municipal Insurance Act 1959
Public Authorities (Party Wall) Empowering Act 1919
Public Bodies Contracts Act 1959
Public Bodies Leases Act 1969
Rangitaiki Land Drainage Act 1956
Rates Rebate Act 1973
River Boards Act 1908
Taumata Arowai–the Water Services Regulator Act 2020
Waimakariri-Ashley Water Supply Act 1961

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 7 October 2020

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