Web Links

Local Government Websites

Local Councils  Wherever you live, local councils are working with you and your community helping to enhance community well-being through providing water, libraries and sports facilities, arranging rubbish collection, sewerage and public transport, maintaining building standards, protecting the environment – and more.

New Zealand Local Government Online

New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM)

Association of Local Government Information Management

Association of Local Government Engineers of New Zealand (Ingenium)

New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health

New Zealand Local Government Training Organisation - a self-funded Business Unit of Local Government New Zealand with its own Board which is accountable to Local Government New Zealand. The purpose of LGITO is to facilitate training for Local Government staff to enable them to achieve qualifications specific to the Local Government industry.

Local Government New Zealand

Guide to Local Government - The Guide to Local Government, published in July 2004, gives a clear and detailed picture of local government in New Zealand – how it works, its relationship to central government, and how profoundly it is intertwined with our daily lives.
The Guide is also available in book form, and as a cd-rom that includes the updated Guide to Parliament and Government 2004 and the Directory for Citizenship Education.

Government Websites

Ministry for the Environment - There is a series of guides about everyday matters under the RMA. There is also an interactive CD-ROM. Individual booklets are available to read, download or order by clicking on the links above.

A boxed set of all 13 booklets, plus the CD-ROM, is available by sending an email to publications@mfe.govt.nz.

Biz Portal is the whole-of-government business portal designed to make it easier to run your business. It acts as an online business adviser, providing a gateway to business resources.

The site presents relevant details on government business services, compliance and business information. The site includes easy-to-understand information on tax, employing staff, workplace safety and health, ACC and other key compliance areas. It links into relevant government sites enabling visitors to get greater details on their topics of interest. The site also includes information on business training, online training, grants, finance, tips on good business practice, e-business, exporting, growing your business, and other topical business areas. The site has been primarily designed and written with the needs of small to medium sized businesses in mind.

Businesses using this site find that they not only reduce their time and effort to find relevant government business information but also get appropriate help in a broad range of areas affecting their business.

Ministry of Health Read about health and disability system , hospitals , NGOs , nursing , quality improvement and who is eligible for health care services . Access publications , health education resources , data and statistics , guidelines , newsletters and online library catalogue . Information about the Ministry of Health , job vacancies and working in the New Zealand health sector . DHBs provide or fund health and disability services in their district. Find information about DHBs , maps of DHB districts , and DHB toolkits.

The latest updates in the Pandemic Influenza section of the Ministry of Health website are available.

www.cadetforces.mil.nz. NZ Cadet Forces is a youth leadership training scheme run jointly between the NZ Defence Force and the local community. With 106 units nation wide there is a very good chance that there is a Unit in your area.

Govt.nz - The New Zealand Local Government Portal provides people with a view across government of the services and information available to them.

Legal Information Service - A catalogue of law-related information and resources. LawAccess is a fully searchable site that is essentially a gateway to the resources of more than 130 New Zealand government and non-government organisations.

Ministry of Justice - On 1 October 2003, the Department for Courts and the Ministry of Justice merged to form an expanded Ministry of Justice. On this site you will find information about the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry's services, Courts, and information about the work they undertake to create a fairer and safer New Zealand.

Office of the Ombudsmen - The intention of this website is to provide an understanding of the Ombudsmen function within New Zealand and an indication of how the Ombudsmen might be able to assist in dealings with New Zealand public sector organisations. The pages attached to this website provide a description of the history of the institution in New Zealand, its purpose and jurisdiction including how a complaint may be laid, and the  process which the Ombudsmen follow in considering and seeking to resolve complaints referred to them.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for information on the process of nomination for New Zealand Royal Honours such as Order of New Zealand (ONZ), Queen's Service Order (QSO) or New Zealand Order of Merit.

Department of Internal Affairs for online forms covering Births, Deaths and Marriages, Citizenship, Lottery and Gaming licensing,  Lottery Community facilities Grants applications, Passport applications and many more. Click on this link for information and online forms about the Congratulatory Message service.

WorkSite combines the resources of a number of Government agencies to help users make decisions about work. It provides information about education and training, career planning, finding work, finding employees and establishing and operating a business as well as publications and other information about working in New Zealand.

New Zealand Legislation - This site contains New Zealand Acts, Bills, and Regulations. You can read and download any of these free of charge.

Government Weather tight Homes Resolution Service - To provide help for owners of affected properties, the Government has set up the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service. Homeowners can get free advice through the 0800 116 926 help line. Those who meet the service's entry criteria can have their homes assessed by an independent assessor at no charge. If their claim is found to be eligible, they may then choose to use either mediation or adjudication to resolve their case. The fees for these services have been kept deliberately modest - $200 for mediation, $400 for adjudication.

Elections Information on all aspects of Government elections in New Zealand

Statistics New Zealand - New Zealand's official statistical agency.

Parliament About the Parliamentary Service

MPs in Parliament An information resource about Members of Parliament - biographies, photographs, electoral maps, portfolios etc

New Zealand Climate Change Office - Global warming and the resulting changes to the world's climate are a growing problem. If left to run its course, climate change will have significant impacts on our economy, our environment and our society. New Zealand and many other developed nations are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thus delay the effects of climate change. 

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries - MAF is about agriculture, horticulture and forestry, safe food, a protected environment, the wise use of the land, the creation of clean, green product and the economic success of those who produce it.

GeoNet Project - The New Zealand GeoNet Project provides real-time monitoring and data collection for rapid response and research into earthquake, volcano, landslide and tsunami hazards. The GeoNet project is a collaboration between the Earthquake Commission, the Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences and the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology.

Ministry for the Environment - Thinking about living in the country? Answers to some of the frequently asked questions about living in the country, such as - Can I do anything I want on my land? Water and sewage,  Roads and driveways,  Will my green rural outlook change? Other things to check, How can I find out about all of that?

Reduce your Rubbish - The Reduce Your Rubbish campaign is brought to you by the Ministry for the Environment in partnership with your regional council.

Legal Services Agency - The Legal Services Agency is a government funded Agency responsible for promoting access to justice for all New Zealanders. The Agency ensures that legal aid is applied consistently and
that rapid access to appropriate representation is there when people most need it.

Beehive - The official website of the New Zealand Government. This site provides links to a variety of other parliamentary sites, such as the prime Minister's Office.

Queen Elizabeth II National Trust - One of the National Trust's principal functions is to protect privately owned areas of open space, without jeopardising the rights of ownership. While private landowners may sell or gift land to the Crown or a local authority as a reserve, many wish to protect their land while retaining ownership: Open Space Covenants allow this to occur.

Acts of Parliament

Resource Management Act 1991 

Local Government Act 2002