Productivity Commission Inquiry into Local Government Funding & Financing

The Productivity Commission has published an issues paper for an inquiry into local government funding and financing. which briefly describes local government in New Zealand and how funding and financing currently works. It asks questions about current pressure points and ways that councils can manage cost pressures. It then seeks views on options for future funding and financing tools. Senior Advocacy Advisor, Jane Budge, explains more. 

Why is this issue important to members?

This issue is important for any member that has dealings with local government, from those who pay development contributions to those who deal with planning. Members tell us they are happy to pay their fair share but recognise that the system is broken. This is an opportunity for members to have a voice in how we could potentially fix the issues with local government funding and financing.

Recent action

Property Council has established a Working Group to work with Jane Budge, Senior Advocacy Advisor, to develop our position and consider our submission.  The Working Group comprises:

  • Neil Donnelly, Todd Property
  • Paul Robinson, The Woolstore
  • Michael Gimblett, Goodman
  • Craig Mills, WT Partnership
  • Kellie Roland and Mark Thompson, Auckland Airport
  • Karen Joubert, Haines Planning
  • Steve Evans, Fletcher Building
  • Melissa Hood, Foodstuffs
  • Ian Passau, Kiwi Property
  • Denis Wood, Munro Benge
  • Sue Simons, Berry Simons


Key inquiry dates

 25 Jan Working Group meeting to discuss our position 
 15 Feb Due date for submissions on issues paper
 19 Feb Meeting with Productivity Commission to discuss the inquiry
 Mid-June Release of draft report
 30 Nov Final report to Government


Key timings for members to get involved

8-12 Februaryworking Group peer-reviewing our submission 
13-14 February Members invited to participate in submission review
15 February Final drafting and internal peer reviewing and submission due
19 February Property Council meet with the Productivity Commission to discuss the inquiry. 



Should you require any further information or wish to get involved in our internal working group, please contact Jane Budge.

Author | Jane Budge

Upon joining Property Council in 2017, Jane brought a wealth of experience to the advocacy team, having worked in senior policy advisory roles at both local and central government level. Her experience spans many government departments including Standards New Zealand, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Social Welfare.

Jane also spent four years with the New Zealand Police, where she was responsible for the road policing strategy and policy development, and most recently she held a senior policy role at Taupo District Council. Jane’s aptitude for building relationships and eye for detail make her a formidable addition to the team.

Get in touch with Jane.