“Long overdue reform of the water sector has created the opportunity for a first principles discussion of what local government can and should do and with what resources, so it is very pleasing to see the Government kick-starting this process,” says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen Selwood.
The recently released Report of the Biodiversity Collaborative Group, which includes a draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity, represents a useful addition to the policy toolbox to help halt the decline of biodiversity says LGNZ President Dave Cull.
LGNZ has welcomed the Government’s release of a report by GHD and Boffa Miskell into the costs of upgrading wastewater treatment plants, noting that it supports the sector’s call for a targeted policy response to help small rural councils pay for hard infrastructure upgrades.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau has announced Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ) will be given critical support from the Provincial Growth Fund to build the expertise of economic development agencies in New Zealand’s regions.
In partnership with our sister group, the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance, the Taxpayers' Union has just published this year's Ratepayers' Report – online local government league tables – at www.ratepayersreport.nz.
New Zealand’s local government sector stands on the front line in the fight against climate change, according to the initial findings of a new report, which shows that billions of dollars of roading, water, and public transport infrastructure are at risk from as little as a half a metre sea level rise.
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced an investment of up to $137 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to help unlock Tairāwhiti’s economic potential through stronger, safer and more resilient transport connections.
Self-proclaimed first citizen of the provinces Shane Jones is lobbying for rules that would force the big banks to remain in regional New Zealand, as the foreign-owned giants call for a ‘please explain’ meeting Laura Walters reports for Newsroom.
Napier’s National Aquarium’s ambitious plans to become a must do tourist attraction have been given a boost with support from the Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Under Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau announced today.
The latest reports of council assessments through the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ have released today for Environment Canterbury and Upper Hutt City Council. All reports and more information on CouncilMARK™ can be found here.
Kaikōura District Council and the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance have jointly won an Emergency Media and Public Affairs (EMPA) communications award for their roles supporting the ongoing recovery of the district following the November 2016 earthquake.
One of New Zealand’s most ambitious and creative conservation projects, Reconnecting Northland, is entering an exciting new phase of its life. WWF-New Zealand has been one of the organisations that set it on its feet, but it’s now up and running!
Local Government New Zealand are pleased to see a waste work programme announced today by the Associate Minister for the Environment will aim to address waste issues that councils have been calling for support on.
A Forest and Bird report released this week regarding Regional Council compliance, monitoring and enforcement (CME) of the dairy sector in 2016/17 shows the potential benefits of a national methodology for reporting in order to better understand CME performance across regions.
Local Government New Zealand welcomes this morning’s announcement from the Government that $8.5 million in responsible camping infrastructure and initiatives will be implemented ahead of the 2018/19 peak season, as recommended by the Responsible Camping Working Group.
As reported in the Hawke's Bay Today, a New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union analysis of catering costs at Hawke's Bay councils has revealed Hastings District Councillors to be guilty of ratepayer-funded gluttony.
LGNZ President Dave Cull has at this morning’s Quarterly Media Briefing congratulated the government on recognising that tourists should contribute to the costs of the infrastructure they use, however LGNZ says the proposed border levy is only part of the solution.
On 19 July 2018 the Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-Entry, Andrew Little, signed off the Agency’s baseline Concept Plan as the basis for further detailed planning and preparatory work on required equipment and infrastructure.
A partnership agreement signed this week between the Pike River Recovery Agency and the Stand With Pike Family Reference Group is an important milestone in the Agency’s mission, Chief Executive Dave Gawn says.
Shane Te Pou reporting for Newsroom worries that environmental policies designed for Twitter environmentalists could devastate our regional economies I’m worried for my friend. He's worried, too, but less about himself than for his wife and kids. Whether he can provide as he promised he would. As he has always done. Public policy at its best lifts people up and expands the net of opportunity. But when public servants and politicians lose sight of the impact of their plans on families and communities, the disconnect between Kiwis and their government grows ever deeper. Despondency takes hold. Solutions seem further and…
Central and local government showed strong alignment on strategy for climate change adaptation as Local Government New Zealand President Dave Cull and Minister for Climate Change Hon James Shaw shared the stage today at the annual LGNZ Conference in Christchurch.
Local Government New Zealand is pleased with the terms of reference for the Productivity Commissions’ forthcoming inquiry into local government funding and finance which were launched by Minister of Finance Hon Grant Robertson at its annual conference in Christchurch. LGNZ President Dave Cull says that the current way of funding local government doesn’t provide the means to invest for growth and development, particularly given the diverse challenges facing communities. “Our regions, cities and districts shouldn’t be entirely dependent on central government to resolve the complex issues that we are now facing – it is essential that we empower local authorities…
Instead of relying on central government to decide what is good for our communities it is time to empower councils and communities themselves to make such decisions, Local Government New Zealand and The New Zealand Initiative say.
Ara’s gain is the Menzshed’s gain in Timaru as the tertiary institute donates welders to the community organisation to make way for almost $77,000 worth of new state-of-the-art engineering trades equipment at the Timaru campus.
The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the Christchurch Mayor’s recommendation that funding for a new Multi-Use Arena is brought forward by two years in the Councils’ Long-Term Plan, says CEO Leeann Watson.
“New Zealand’s urban growth system is broken and must be revised to incentivise cities to grow and city leaders must be given the flexibility and tools they need to succeed,” says Stephen Selwood, CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand.
From a world-leading programme to locate library services in a DHB health hub, to innovative economic, environmental and arts strategies, finalists in the 2018 Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards showcase a wide range of outstanding council leadership initiatives.
Environment Minister David Parker has unveiled the all-but-final version of a template to make local governments' planning documents far easier to understand - a process that has so far taken a decade and will have seven years to go before being fully implemented, if the Draft National Planning Standards go ahead as proposed
Hawke’s Bay will be flying the flag at this year’s New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays as part of a new initiative to raise the profile of the region, focus on agribusiness attraction and relocation, agribusiness investment, and strengthen collaboration in our local agribusiness sector.
New Zealand’s Tairawhiti Rail will try to reopen the Gisborne to Napier railway line, which it sees as financially viable. The new, not-for-profit organisation Tairawhiti Rail (TRL), formed by a group of local directors, was revealed this week in a submission to Gisborne District Council’s 2018/28 long-term plan.
Congestion, a less congested transport network with faster and more predictable travel times to keep congestion at 2016 levels • well-connected, easier access for people to places of employment, education, shopping, business, recreation and other activities throughout the transport network • freight …
Apr 24 - Regional rescue helicopters are often dispatched to remote areas, as this photo of a Mt Ruapehu rescue in 2015 shows. The country's rescue helicopter fleet is old and unsuitable, the Ministry of Health says.
A new aquatic centre, upgrades to stormwater systems and the estuarine environment, and the possibility of providing dechlorinated water stations are three of the projects to be considered under Napier City Council’s 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (LTP).
Consultation for Napier’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028 is about to begin. Napier City Council formally adopted the Consultation Document and supporting documents to the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP) at its extraordinary meeting held today at the Napier Conference Centre in the Napier War Memorial Centre.
Mar 30, 2018 - More than 6000 people have sent in their responses to the plan for managing rubbish in Hastings and Napier over the next 10 years – so many that it is going to take a little longer than expected to fully process them.
Developers are showing confidence in central Masterton, with the proposed development of its former post office building. A group of investors under the name Chapel St Investments has bought the building, and plan to upgrade it and turn it into offices.
The Provincial Growth Fund will spend $1 billion a year on projects in the regions and could provide serious growth to neglected parts of the country. But the speed at which the fund is moving, could mean some of the most crucial projects miss out. Thomas Coughlan reports.
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has the potential to be a lifeline for struggling provinces and regions. “But last week’s announcement of initial projects was disappointingly light”, according to BERL deputy chief economist Hillmaré Schulze.
Feb 23, 2018 - The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $8.6 million in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay to immediately boost tourism and forestry opportunities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says.
Feb 23, 2018 - The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest more than $6 million towards revitalisation of the Whanganui Port and upgrade of the town’s rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says.
Dec 15, 2017 - More young people in 2018 in Canterbury will have the chance to set up and run their own ventures, learning first-hand from local business mentors and developing critical skills for future employment and study. Ara Institute of Canterbury is the new regional partner for The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) and is enthusiastic about becoming more actively involved after previously hosting YES events. “We are thrilled to work with Ara Institute of Canterbury to continue supporting local entrepreneurs. We know Ara will be able to offer value and support to the schools we work with…
Dec 11, 2017 - Brand launch and Chamber of Commerce workshop help progress Ruapehu business ambitions. Two milestone events in support of Ruapehu business development and Council’s goal of increasing jobs, incomes and opportunities took place at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel last week. The first was the official launch of Visit Ruapehu's new regional brand – ‘Our Greater Outdoors’ that was followed by a special workshop attended to discuss the possibility of establishing a Ruapehu Chamber of Commerce. Visit Ruapehu Trade and Marketing Manager Jo Kennedy said that there was a lot of excitement around the new regional branding which…