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Overseeing the Members' Interests Act

Our work

The Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act 1968 is a small but significant part of the legal framework for local democracy.

The Auditor-General is the auditor of all public entities. Our role in administering the Act encompasses several functions:

  • deciding applications for exemptions from or declarations relating to the discussing and voting rule in the Act;
  • deciding applications for the approval of contracts worth more than $25,000 in a financial year;
  • providing guidance to local authority members and officers, to help them comply with the Act in particular situations; and
  • investigating and prosecuting alleged offences against the Act.

The Auditor-General regularly publishes guidance for local authority members about how to comply with the Act (see our reports on conflicts of interest).

Page last updated: 28 March 2017

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Some of our work has been rewritten as case studies, designed to fit into the New Zealand Curriculum. We've also made a video about our role in the Parliamentary system. Check out auditor-general.parliament.nz to find out more...

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