Local Government Act 2002

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Part 1 Preliminary provisions

3 Purpose

The purpose of this Act is to provide for democratic and effective local government that recognises the diversity of New Zealand communities; and, to that end, this Act—


states the purpose of local government; and


provides a framework and powers for local authorities to decide which activities they undertake and the manner in which they will undertake them; and


promotes the accountability of local authorities to their communities; and


provides for local authorities to play a broad role in promoting the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of their communities, taking a sustainable development approach.

Section 3(d): replaced, on 14 May 2019, by section 4 of the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 17).