Opinion

Government tools must be used to give communities agency, not take it away

By Wendy Jarvie, Russell Ayres and Trish Mercer
Updated August 8 2022 - 12:32pm, first published August 7 2022 - 7:30pm
So why do governments - especially national governments - find it hard to deliver at the local level? Picture: Shutterstock

Governments really want to work well for local communities. Aside from the political pay-off for those who need local support to get elected, the local level is often where the rubber hits the road in terms of community wellbeing and social outcomes.

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