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Local governments are bestowed general powers of competence under the Local Government Act, which means that councils have the power to do what they believe will benefit their communities. As a result, the Minister responsible for local government takes a ‘hands off’ approach when it comes to the day-to-day operations of local government.
The Minister does, however, play an important role at a strategic level, and is also responsible for ensuring that councils are meeting their obligations under theAct. The Minister for responsible for local government: