Local Democracy Today and Tomorrow - the Emerging Role of ‘Non-Traditional’ Entities of Local Governance
This paper was prepared to support a presentation to a session on ‘Decentralisation, the local level and the national level’ as part of a workshop being hosted by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, with the support of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, in Stockholm, November 2014.
A Good Practice Guide for Enabling and Supporting Place-Based and Related Community Governance October 2014
This guide has been produced by MDL to assist councils and other entities wanting closer engagement with the communities they serve. It is set in the context of a sea change in public expectations and opportunities for people to be more involved in shaping the future of their local area, and reflects wide-ranging interest internationally in new ways for councils and others to work with communities.
An Overview of Developments in Community and Neighbourhood Governance October 2014
This paper was prepared for presentation to a series of workshops in New Zealand and Australia during September and October 2014 for local councils and wider community interests on what is happening in community governance internationally. The workshop panel comprised leading researchers and practitioners Peter McKinlay and Dr Paul Leistner of the Office of Neighbourhood Involvement, Portland, Oregon, with representatives of the Thames Coromandel District Council and the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Ltd.
Reflections on the Role of Local and Central Government in the Delivery of Social Services December 2013
This report was prepared for the New Zealand Treasury as a think piece to assist it in considering the respective roles of central and local government in facilitating the better and more efficient delivery of the government's major social services.
Community-Level Governance: What provision should be made and/or mandated in local government legislation? July 2013
A report prepared for the New South Wales Independent Local Government Review Panel, the Local Government Association of South Australia’s Expert Panel on the ‘Council of the Future’ and Local Government New Zealand. The principal focus of this report is whether local government legislation should include specific requirements allowing or obligating councils to introduce a form of community-level (‘sub-council’ or ‘second-tier’) governance. Each of the three partners was interested in this question as they considered the future role and structure of local government within their own jurisdictions. The report is in part a sequel to an earlier MDL led project undertaken for the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and partners, and published as Evolution in Community Governance: Building on What Works (see below).
Evolution in community governance: building on what works March 2012
Research report Volume 1
This report provides an overview of emerging practice in community governance within Australian local government, and within the community banking network of the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank limited. It was undertaken by McKinlay Douglas Ltd in partnership with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and with the support of Local Government Managers Australia, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Ltd.
How to develop good governance at the city level April 2011
This paper was presented by Peter McKinlay to the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) Seminar on Environmental Sustainability in Urban Centres held in Perth, Western Australia. The purpose of the paper was to provide an overview of what constitutes good governance in an urban setting, in the context of the complexities now confronting governments at all levels. The paper, and a companion paper, were published by PECC in Environmental Sustainability in Urban Centres available here.
Evolution in Community Governance: Building on What Works Dec 2011
This paper by Peter McKinlay, presented to an Australian Centre of Excellence in Local Government Conference, Sydney, 15 December 2011, reports on findings from the project Evolution in Community Governance: Building on What Works. The genesis of the project was a combination of earlier work undertaken by the researchers on the changing role of local government in Australia. Specifically, an opportunity was seen for a new look at the way community governance may be evolving in Australia through comparing the experience of local government with that of the community banking network of the Bendigo Bank. The final report itself, for which Peter McKinlay was lead author, is available here.
Reconceptualising Shared Services Nov 2011
By Peter McKinlay, published in the November 2011 issue of the Commonwealth e-Journal of Local Governance.
The potential of shared services is a persistent theme in local government. Its advocates argue that it offers a practical way for councils to share experiences and resources, tackle common problems and take advantage of economies of scale which is preferable to amalgamation. But so far it has promised more than it has delivered. Recent case study research on a new approach to shared services within two of New Zealand's local government regions suggests that issues of structure, and of how shared services are conceptualised, may both be critical factors in realising the full potential of shared services.
The Changing Role of Local Government: A Presentation to the Future of Local Government Summit, Melbourne, June 2010
Five years since the Municipal Association of Victoria hosted the first Future of Local Government Summit, the 2010 Summit addressed the question “what is local government's place in the world, what vision do we have for our future?”. The paper concludes that local government has an opportunity of a kind which comes but seldom to redefine its role in relation both to its communities, and to higher tiers of government.
Community Engagement Project 2009
Submission to Royal Commission Peter McKinlay assisted the tertiary subcommittee of the Committee for Auckland in drafting its submission to the 2008 Royal Commission on the Governance of Auckland. The Committee’s evidence-based submission emphasises the need for closer integration between the planning and delivery of tertiary education services, widely defined, and the region's economic and social development. The arguments it spells out should desirably form part of the economic (and social) development strategy of every region in New Zealand.
NZ Government Rating Inquiry 2007:Collaborative submission 2007
Enhancing The Effectiveness Of The Relationships Between Local Governments In The Bay Of Plenty 2006
Community Outcomes Project 2004/05
Overview for Auckland Economic Development Agencies August 2004
A Guide To Working With Draft Annual Plans And Long Term Council Community Plans March 2004
The Relationship and Interplay between Local Authorities and the Community Sector in Economic
Exploring Future Finance Trends in Central Government and Local Government November 2002
Local Government and Community Involvement in Ownership and Management of Social Housing January 2001
A Good Practice Guide for Local Authorities in the Resourcing and Funding of Community Organisations: A Synopsis February 2000
A paper for the Community Government Forum in Christchurch, as part of ongoing work on the growing importance of local governance - the shift from the centre to the periphery of the locale of key governing decisions.
Putting the Community into the Community Trust of Southland June 1999
An address to the 1999 Annual General Meeting of the Community Trust of Southland, based on Peter McKinlay’s book 'Public Ownership and the Community', to stimulate debate within the Trust on governance, accountability and co-ordination with other local public entities.
Public Ownership and Accountability May 1999
A presentation to the Wairarapa Funders Seminar providing an overview of issues raised by the ownership and management of public wealth through local and regional trusts.
Public Ownership and the Community April 1999
A paper presented to the Public Administration and Development Jubilee Conference at Oxford University.
Assessing the Practical Impact of Changes to the Future Management of Roading and Water at Council Level March 1999
A paper presented to the Commercialisation of Infrastructure Assets Conference.
Public Ownership and the Community 1999
Book - published by the Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
Author - Peter McKinlay
$5 billion is held on behalf of NZ consumers and communities as the result of restructuring our trustee savings banks and electricity distributors into a series of trusts. This book written by Peter McKinlay (Executive Director of MDL Ltd) reviews the decisions which led to their establishment. It is a study of their governance and management, which sheds new light on issues of public versus private ownership, mandate, legitimacy and the meaning of community, as well as on the future of local government as major services such as water and waste water are restructured along commercial lines. Order this book from the Institute of Policy Studies or contact us.
Devolution: Partnership or Ad Hocism? November 1998
A paper on the relationship between central and local government with the assistance of a grant from the State Services Commission.
Rating Powers Act Issues Paper June 1997
A paper presented to the Local Government Forum.
Cost of Capital 1996
A paper presented to the Local Government Forum to assist local authorities understand why the business community places such importance on the use of cost capital.
Redistribution of Power? Devolution in New Zealand 1990
Book - published by the Victoria University Press for the Institute of Policy Studies
Edited by - Peter McKinlay, Executive Director of MDL Ltd
This book explores the nature of the reform process that has been instituted by the New Zealand Labour Government, concluding that it is essentially a process of recentralisation. This process has not been a simple matter of devolution or disengagement as there are examples such as health which point towards centralisation. The book deals with local government, SOEs, education, health, women, welfare, iwi authorities and regulation, as well as placing the reforms in an historical context. Contact us, or Order this book from the Institute of Public Policy.
The following section contains a series of papers and submissions relating to the re-structuring of local government in Auckland prepared by MDL Executive Director Peter McKinlay, as Director of the Local Government Centre at AUT University, and colleagues at the Centre. The unprecedented re-structuring began with a Royal Commission inquiry in 2008 and led to the creation of the so-called 'super city' launched on 1 November 2010.
The Future Governance of the Auckland Region: Implications for the Remainder of the Local Government Sector 2009
This paper was prepared by Peter McKinlay to outline the implications of Auckland's governance reform for the rest of the local government sector. It concentrates on the emergence of regional governance (which is related to but different from regional government) as a critical element in governance.
Governance for Auckland Leadership – What Are We Looking For? 2009
This paper was presented by Peter McKinlay to the Conference on Auckland Governance. It discusses what will be needed to make the future leadership of Auckland effective at both the regional and local levels.
The future governance of the Auckland region: the place of the tertiary education sector 2008
Peter McKinlay assisted the tertiary subcommittee of the Committee for Auckland in drafting its submission to the Royal Commission. The Committee’s evidence-based submission emphasises the need for closer integration between the planning and delivery of tertiary education services widely defined, and the region's economic and social development.
The future governance of the Auckland region: a discussion paper on possible options 2008
This paper looks at current trends in metropolitan governance internationally.
A discussion paper on amalgamation: lessons from international experience 2008
This paper considers arguments and research evidence for and against amalgamation as compared with other options for improving local government efficiency such as shared services.
A discussion paper on possible options for local governance - the role of scale, function and engagement in effective local governance 2008
This paper reviews options for governance at the neighbourhood or community level. The research it reviews suggests that Auckland, and by extension New Zealand, has a 'democratic deficit' at this level.
Different options for the structure of Auckland local government: observations on governance 2008
This paper draws together the themes from the three previous papers and presents a set of options for the future of metropolitan governance in Auckland.
Submission to the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance from the Local Government Centre 2008
This is the Centre's submission to the Royal Commission, setting out its recommendations.
Submission to the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance from the Local Government Centre: Additional hearings material 2008
This paper sets out additional evidence and argument in support of the Centre's submission.