Local elections decide who represents us on our city, district, and regional councils.
In some parts of New Zealand, local elections are also held for local and community boards, licensing trusts, and some other organisations.
The people elected to local councils get to make decisions about our daily lives and the future of our towns and cities. They set and collect rates, oversee town planning, and provide services like rubbish collection, parks and libraries.
Local elections no longer include District Health Board elections. The boards are being replaced by a new body, Health New Zealand.
Note From Sue Reyland : Founder/Admin
The importance of being active at local level politics and other areas of the community where a difference can be made is critical .
I believe it is likely that the council elections will be quite different than in the past.
There is a long battle ahead but something must be done and starting now
The main underlying reason is that everyone recognises something is wrong in NZ and that people are feeling powerless to do anything about it. So it is about people putting aside any differences they might have whether it be Maori/white or vax/unvax or anything else and work together on pushing back against the undemocratic Government increasingly more control over local Councils.