Community Research Code of Practise

The Community Research Code of Practice (2007) provides benchmark principles and standards for undertaking community research, as described by researchers and leaders from community, government and academic sectors.

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We collaborate with a broad range of creative partners on research, writing, and strategy projects with a social impact angle. If it improves people’s lives and sustainability, we might be interested. Email us to discuss your idea!​

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Local Government Information Series

Information and analysis about local government in New Zealand

A programme of research, evaluation and information collection about local government is being undertaken by The Department of Internal Affairs.

This information is collected as part of the evaluation of local government legislation, and as part of ongoing work on a database for regular reporting on information and analysis about local government.

The Local Government Information Series (LGIS) is based on work either undertaken by the DIA, or commissioned as part of the need to provide information about this sector. LGIS information will be useful for

people interested in local government
policy developers
researchers and academics.

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MBIE Core Cities Research Summary

This report was produced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Local Government New Zealand as part of the Core Cities Project. The research was undertaken in partnership with Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch Councils. It is the first product of a staged project. New Zealand’s Core Cities provides a summary of their research on the growing importance of cities within New Zealand and within the global economy.

It includes independent research by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), who were commissioned for this project. NZIER reviewed the experiences of other city-networks around the world, and looked at the similarities between New Zealand’s six largest cities: Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
This report also looks at how the unique roles and strengths of each city-region can be used to support local businesses and achieve national economic goals.

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State of New Zealand Report for UNHabitat III

Habitat III, the 3rd bi-decennial United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development was held in October 2016.  The goal of the conference was to come up with a new urban agenda to tackle the challenges of the world’s urban areas, address climate change and deliver on the universal sustainable development goals.

The Urban Research Network at the University of Auckland took the initiative to support the production of “A State of New Zealand” report, produced by researchers throughout New Zealand using the eSocSci online platform (engaged Social Science). The project was led by Professor Dory Reeves and co-ordinated by Dr. Sandeeka Mannakkara.

Researchers throughout New Zealand have contributed to the report which is based on the United Nations National Report template and includes sections on:

  • Urban demographics
  • Land and urban planning
  • Environment and urbanisation
  • Urban governance and legislation
  • Urban economy
  • Housing and basic services

The report presents the researcher’s view of the current situation in New Zealand, highlights the key challenges and puts forward suggestions to overcome these challenges.  This State of New Zealand report  acknowledges the unique partnership which exists in New Zealand between Māori and the Crown and it is the intention that each section speaks to the socio-cultural reality experienced by Māori as the indigenous partners to the Treaty of Waitangi.

It was important opportunity for researchers in New Zealand to contribute to the global and local debate about the new urban agenda. Download the report here.

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Treaty of Waitangi/ Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi section includes material originally found on, a site developed by the Treaty Information Unit in the State Services Commission. Material from that site is now combined with other topics on to provide a range of features about the Treaty of Waitangi and Waitangi Day. A Maori-language version of the Treaty site as developed by the Treaty Information Unit can be viewed here; it is still under development. See information about the Treaty booklets, CD-Rom, posters, and children’s story book produced by SSC

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