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Govett Quilliam
1 Dawson Street
Private Bag 2013
DX NP90056
New Plymouth Central
New Plymouth 4342  

Phone (06) 768-3700
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Local Government and Regulation

For all but one year of Govett Quilliam's 130 year existence, we have provided legal services to local authorities. The experience we have gained has given this firm a unique and specialised knowledge of local government law.

Our knowledge of and concern for the many issues which face local government is permanently etched upon the culture of Govett Quilliam. Having access to the experience and wisdom of those involved for so many years is of extraordinary value in discussing the issues as they arise today.

We have an in-depth understanding of the Local Government Acts 1974 and 2002 and related legislation, including:

  • The Local Electoral Act 2001;
  • Local Government (Rating) Act 2002;
  • Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987;
  • Local Authorities (Members) Interests Act 1968;
  • Local Government (Elected Member Remuneration and Trading Enterprises) Amendment Act 2001;
  • Secret Commissions Act 1910;
  • Securities Act 1978.

We also have a thorough understanding of other key statutes which local authorities administer and perform under, including the Resource Management Act 1991; Building Act 2004; Public Works Act 1981; Dog Control Act; and the Reserves Act 1977.

Our experience also enables us to provide informed and sound advice about local government processes to clients wishing to become involved in local government, for instance by making a submission on local policies.

Our local government and regulation services and previous experience include:
  • Advice regarding Charitable Trusts which operated the TSB Stadium, TSB Showplace, TSB Bowl of Brooklands, Yarrow Stadium;
  • Drafting and advocating a local act of parliament - New Plymouth Racecourse Reserves Act;
  • Advice and assistance regarding road closures and other roading matters;
  • Advice regarding Development Contributions Policies;
  • Establishment of Local Authority Trading Enterprises and sale of Local Authority Trading Enterprises;
  • Advice regarding the special consultative procedures;
  • Advice regarding the Council's enforcement powers under the Local Government Acts and Bylaws.
  • Advice regarding reserves under the Reserves Act 1977;
  • Advice regarding local governance and standing orders.

If you would like advice on any local government or regulatory issues, contact one of our lawyers below. 



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