Local Government Act 1993 No 30
356 Can a council financially assist others?
(1) A council may, in accordance with a resolution of the council,
contribute money or otherwise grant financial assistance to persons for the
purpose of exercising its functions.
(2) A proposed recipient who acts for private gain is not ineligible
to be granted financial assistance but must not receive any benefit under this
section until at least 28 days’ public notice of the council’s
proposal to pass the necessary resolution has been
(3) However, public notice is not required if:
(a) the financial assistance is part of a specific program,
(b) the program’s details have been included in the
council’s draft management plan for the year in which the financial
assistance is proposed to be given, and
(c) the program’s proposed budget for that year does not exceed
5 per cent of the council’s proposed income from the ordinary rates
levied for that year, and
(d) the program applies uniformly to all persons within the
council’s area or to a significant group of persons within the
(4) Public notice is also not required if the financial assistance is
part of a program of graffiti removal work.
Note. Part 4 of the Graffiti Control
Act 2008 deals with graffiti removal