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.