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Local government law

Local authorities operate in a challenging environment to deliver the ‘four well-beings’ to their community. Having the support of a dedicated team of local government law experts is essential.

Local government expertise

Kensington Swan’s local government team is recognised as one of the leading teams in the sector. Our lawyers have an in-depth appreciation of the challenges faced by councils in meeting their statutory obligation to deliver social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being.

Full suite of services

We advise on the full range of local government activities, including:

  • administration
  • bylaws and regulation
  • funding and financial accountability
  • governance and democracy
  • meetings and official information
  • rating and valuation.

Recent experience


Auckland local authorities

Over the past 20 years, we have acted for all of the councils in the Auckland region at various times, and continue to act for Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Regional Facilities Auckland, and Auckland Council Property Limited.

Whanganui District Council

We advised the Whanganui District Council and its council-controlled organisations (CCOs) on various governance issues. We established appropriate requirements to ensure compliance with the Local Government Act and Audit Office requirements and correct protocols for funding of the CCOs, to ensure long-term community goals are met.

We acted for the Whanganui District Council on judicial review proceedings under the Whanganui District Council (Gang Insignia) Act. Our advice included drafting assistance and advice on New Zealand Bill of Rights Act issues.


We are advising a major council on civil claims and declaratory proceedings relating to offer back obligation arising under public works legislation.


Related legal services

Government relations
Environmental and planning law
Property and real estate law
Construction and infrastructure
Employment law and labour relations

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