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LGNZ Welcomes Three Waters Funding Announcement

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 1:17 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the announcement of $761 million for Tranche One funding as part of the Government’s three waters reform programme, saying it provides a measure of financial assistance to councils as they consider ... More >>

Regional Sector Welcomes Jobs For Nature Investment

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 6:20 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government’s Regional Sector are welcoming an announcement today of over $162 million in central government funding for 22 regional and unitary council Jobs for Nature projects, saying the strong support is an endorsement of the return on ... More >>

LGNZ Invite Discussion On Councils’ Finances

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 2:45 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is inviting the New Zealand Maori Council to have an open-book discussion on the financial positions of five councils, to set right the misguided impression that they are potentially insolvent. This is in response ... More >>

LGNZ Recovery Fund To Sponsor New Sector Development Initiative

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:08 am | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand’s National Council has announced the creation of an LGNZ Covid Recovery Fund, which will be used to deliver free digital training to support mayors, chairs and elected members in their post-Covid decision-making. ... More >>

Government Flood Protection Funding Recognises Scale Of National Issue

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:49 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the announcement of 150 projects included in the $3 billion Covid Response and Recovery Fund, and highlights the $210 million investment in climate resilience and flood protection as a stand-out that is well-needed ... More >>

New Pilot Sees Mayors Linking Youth With Local Jobs

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11:49 am | Local Government NZ

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is excited to launch a new pilot programme that will see four rural mayors linking vulnerable youth with employment opportunities in their regions. Developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development ... More >>

LGNZ Names Susan Freeman-Greene As New CEO

Monday, 15 June 2020, 5:11 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand is pleased to announce that it has appointed Susan Freeman-Greene to replace outgoing Chief Executive Malcolm Alexander, who announced his retirement at the beginning of 2020. LGNZ is the peak body representing New Zealand’s ... More >>

First CouncilMARK™ Case Study Finds Excellence In Humble Local Authority

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 11:06 am | Local Government NZ

How does a small provincial and rural council, understated in demeanour, conservative in many areas including financial risk and investment, and humble in its dealings internally and externally, deliver industry best practice in key areas of leadership ... More >>

Targeted Measures To Improve Freshwater Welcomed

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 12:04 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a set of targeted tools to improve the quality of freshwater. LGNZ is the peak body representing New Zealand’s 78 local councils, providing a unified voice for ... More >>

Budget Kicks Recovery Heavy Lifting To Covid Fund

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 4:38 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ has welcomed Budget 2020, which allocated significant funding to a number of important initiatives from a local government perspective. However many of the questions related to how the Government will kick start economic activity and address major ... More >>

Empowering Remuneration Authority On Pay Cuts The Right Move

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 1:46 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ welcomes the introduction of legislation this morning that will allow the Remuneration Authority to consider pay cuts for local government elected members, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. In April, LGNZ asked that the Government give the Remuneration ... More >>

Move To Alter LGFA Debt Covenants To Provide More Choices For Councils Welcomed

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 4:07 pm | Local Government NZ

A proposal by the Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) to lift the quantum of its debt covenants to provide more choices and capacity for member councils to raise more debt, should they choose to do so, is welcomed by LGNZ who say that it will ... More >>

Empower Remuneration Authority To Set Fair Pay Levels

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 6:36 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ says the Remuneration Authority should be left to set fair pay levels for local government elected members, and given the appropriate tools to do so to reflect the challenging economic circumstances imposed by the COIVD-19 emergency. This comes ... More >>

No Council Drinking-water Provider Left Unsupported

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 12:06 pm | Local Government NZ

The local government sector has banded together to open a helpline for all council drinking and waste water technicians, providing an accessible source of advice for small suppliers across New Zealand to lean on. While drinking and waste water infrastructure ... More >>

Strong Local Response To COVID-19 Displays Community Spirit

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 5:17 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ President Dave Cull is praising the swift reaction of local communities and councils to the COVID-19 pandemic, citing the rapid, high-trust decision-making from elected members and council staff to ensure essential services are secured, and that ... More >>

Focused Spending Needed To Combat Economic Impacts Of COVID-19

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 1:45 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ President Dave Cull says that in light of the COVID-19 crisis, councils around New Zealand are reprioritising spending and minimising rates increases, but that a request from the Taxpayers’ Union to implement a 12-month rates freeze is misguided ... More >>

New Report A Hurry Up For Climate Change Policy Makers

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 2:32 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ say a new report from the Deep South National Science Challenge is a reminder for central government policy makers to step up the pace on progressing a national strategy on climate change adaption. LGNZ is the peak body representing New Zealand’s ... More >>

New Report A Pathfinder For Affordable Housing

Friday, 14 February 2020, 10:33 am | Local Government NZ

A report released today by LGNZ provides a roadmap for councils finding their way through the complex policy, regulatory and market tools available to help enable more affordable housing developments for New Zealanders. With demand soaring, rents ... More >>

Road to Zero strategy must be locally accountable to succeed

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 2:54 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ broadly supports the Road to Zero Safety Strategy, saying that its success will depend on government and NZTA improving their relationships with local communities, who directly fund this core infrastructure through fuel taxes and rates. More >>

Cull: Environment commissioner right to be concerned

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 4:53 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ President Dave Cull says that Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton is on the money with his new report warning that domestic and international tourists are putting too much pressure on our environment. The report, Pristine, ... More >>