The New Zealand Initiative's recently released report — #localismNZ, Bringing power to the people — argues the case for localism in New Zealand. It calls for a radical shift of political and fiscal power from central government to communities.

The Mood of the Boardroom asked New Zealand's leading CEOs and directors whether central government should give more decision-making responsibility to city and district councils; 67 per cent of respondents agree, 20 per cent disagree, and 13 per cent are unsure.

Beca's CEO Greg Lowe says that local authorities are facing increasing infrastructure challenges but in many cases they do not

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