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Can’t Fix Housing Without Addressing Funding

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 1:30 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand says today’s announcement of yet more planning reform is unlikely to fix the housing crisis without addressing how we sustainably fund infrastructure. “As place-makers, council have worked closely with the Government ... More >>

MTFJ’s National Employment Outcomes For Youth And Employers A ‘win-win’ With Over 1,300 Jobs Found

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 12:25 pm | Local Government NZ

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is celebrating a successful year having placed over 1300 youth and Covid-displaced workers into sustainable employment in rural New Zealand as part of its Community Recovery Programme. The programme, which is ... More >>

Horowhenua On The Rise With Second CouncilMARK™ Report

Thursday, 23 September 2021, 2:01 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand’s CouncilMARK™ programme is giving Horowhenua District Council’s performance a tick of approval in its second independent assessment. LGNZ President Stuart Crosby says Horowhenua ratepayers can be pleased with their ... More >>

Local Government New Zealand’s Member Councils Pass Seven Remits To Direct LGNZ’s Policy Advocacy

Saturday, 17 July 2021, 4:44 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand’s (LGNZ) member councils have today passed seven remits to direct LGNZ’s policy advocacy. LGNZ is the peak body representing New Zealand’s 78 local councils, providing a unified voice for the sector and a pathway ... More >>

High Levels Of Service To Community Feature In Local Government EXCELLENCE Awards

Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 5:19 am | Local Government NZ

The exceptional service that local councils provide across New Zealand is again demonstrated through the wide range and high standard of finalists in the 2021 Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards. This is the seventh year the awards, ... More >>

Council Charts Positive Trajectory With Second CouncilMARK™ Report

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 9:37 am | Local Government NZ

LGNZ are praising the latest council to receive their second CouncilMARK™ report , saying that the Far North District Council’s approach to the programme shows the huge benefits that it can drive for councils, communities and ratepayers. CouncilMARK™ ... More >>

Future For Local Government Initiative A Historic Opportunity For New Zealand

Friday, 23 April 2021, 10:42 am | Local Government NZ

The Future for Local Government initiative must make the most of a historic opportunity to set communities up for success now and in the future, as it looks into the roles and responsibilities of councils amid a flurry of major policy reform, says Local ... More >>

Opportunity To Lift Freedom Camping Burden From Ratepayers Welcomed

Friday, 9 April 2021, 10:15 am | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the long overdue review of self-contained freedom camping rules announced by Tourism Minister Stuart Nash today. “Many councils across the country welcome the contribution freedom campers make to local economies,” ... More >>

Kudos For Council Using CouncilMARK™ Report To Drive Improvement For Ratepayers

Monday, 29 March 2021, 3:34 pm | Local Government NZ

Ruapehu District Council has become one of a handful of councils to receive a second CouncilMARK™ report, and have been lauded by the programme’s Independent Assessment Board for the way they have used the first report to drive improvement for ratepayers. ... More >>

Water Services Bill Puts Ratepayers On The Hook For Failing Private Supplies

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 2:24 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has today presented to the Health Select Committee on the Water Services Bill , raising serious concerns about a flood of costs for ratepayers if councils are forced to take over failing private water supplies. Presenting ... More >>

LGNZ Welcomes Well-rounded Housing Package

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 10:49 am | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes today’s well-rounded housing announcement by the Government, saying it is a necessary intervention to cool our out of control housing market while longer term and more sustainable policy fixes are put in place. ... More >>

Room To Improve Winter Grazing Practices Welcomed

Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 11:11 am | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand’s Regional Sector is welcoming a decision by the Government to allow for continued testing and deployment of improved intensive winter grazing practices, ahead of new regulations coming into effect next year. The announcement ... More >>

Second CouncilMARK™ Report Shows Improvement For Masterton Ratepayers

Monday, 8 March 2021, 12:35 pm | Local Government NZ

Masterton district ratepayers should be pleased with the results of a second report into their council’s performance, says the chair of local government assessors CouncilMARK™, particularly in the critical areas of service delivery and asset ... More >>

Climate Symposium Finds Gaps In National Adaptation Armour

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 3:34 pm | Local Government NZ

Over 170 scientists, researchers, local government elected members and officials gathered recently at the LGNZ Climate Change Adaptation Symposium. Discussions uncovered gaps in New Zealand’s adaptation policy and canvassed how the sector can find shared ... More >>

Latest CME Report Shows Massive Scale Of Regional Council Regulatory Work

Monday, 1 March 2021, 4:26 pm | Local Government NZ

The third Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) Metrics report has been released, providing insight into one of New Zealand’s biggest regulatory systems, with year on year comparisons revealing an increase in the number of complaints both responded ... More >>

South Taranaki DC Safe Pair Of Hands For ‘seven Towns, One District’

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 3:19 pm | Local Government NZ

South Taranaki District Council has received their second CouncilMARK™ report , retaining their BBB rating and gaining praise for significant improvement in their council communications and clear vision since their first assessment in 2017. CouncilMARK™ ... More >>

Local Elected Members Reveal Thoughts On Public Service

Monday, 15 February 2021, 1:12 pm | Local Government NZ

Amid a challenging period for local councils, a new LGNZ survey has found that elected members’ experience of local government largely meets their expectations, but that frustration remains around restrictive legislation, a lack of funding and hot topics ... More >>

MTFJ Celebrates Community Recovery Programme’s 500th Rural Job

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 9:18 am | Local Government NZ

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is celebrating a significant milestone, having guided 500 mostly young and Covid-19 displaced workers into sustainable employment through its Community Recovery Programme . The Community Recovery Programme is a ... More >>

LGNZ Supports Māori Wards Amendment Bill

Monday, 1 February 2021, 4:26 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is delighted to see Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta announce the introduction of an amendment bill which aims to bring equality to the creation of local Māori wards. LGNZ has been advocating for equality ... More >>

Waitaki District Council Goes Under CouncilMARK™ Microscope

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 9:21 am | Local Government NZ

Waitaki District Council has received a very positive BBB rating in their first ever CouncilMARK™ assessment, earning praise for their long term thinking and saving for future infrastructure renewals, while receiving a range of recommendations to ... More >>