“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.