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…