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Below you will find LGNZ’s media releases and news from the sector, you can filter your search by clicking on the options to the right.  For media enquiries please contact:

Helen Mexted, Director of Advocacy on 029 924 1221 or helen.mexted@lgnz.co.nz

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  • Budget 2016 boost for regional economies, infrastructure, social housing and biodiversity

    Published: 26 May 2016

    LGNZ President, Lawrence Yule, acknowledged a much needed boost for communities in four key areas LGNZ has been advocating for: stronger regional economies, infrastructure, community and social housing, and biodiversity. “Stronger, more successful regional economies and better community wellbeing are key areas of focus for LGNZ. We are pleased to see... Read more

  • Ruapehu backs Vote2016 campaign

    Published: 20 May 2016

    Ruapehu District Council (RDC) has confirmed its participation in the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Vote2016 campaign to increase nationwide voter participation in the October local elections to more than 50 per cent. Local election turnout has been declining since the 1980s and only 42 per cent of New Zealanders voted... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Rotorua mayor to speak at tourism conference in China

    Published: 20 May 2016

    Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick[http://www.rdc.govt.nz/our-council/mayor-and-elected-members/yourmayor/Pages/default.aspx] has been confirmed as one of the key-note speakers at the 2016 International Mayor’s Forum[http://asiapacific.unwto.org/event/international-mayor-s-forum-tourism-2016] on Tourism in Zhengzhou, China starting on Tuesday 24 May. She will be accompanied by Rotorua Lakes Council cultural advisor Trevor Maxwell who was himself the key-note speaker at the world renowned... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Local council candidates urged to come forward early

    Published: 19 May 2016

    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is encouraging passionate leaders to get ahead of the game and start thinking about running for their upcoming local council elections now. “Standing for local council is an incredible opportunity for people to have their say about the issues that affect their community directly and develop... Read more

  • Council's finances in great shape

    Published: 19 May 2016

    Strong growth in the city has had a positive impact on Hamilton City Council’s $348.7m debt, which is $58.1m less than the year end target of $406.8m. Increased revenue from development contributions, building consents and investments have been cited by Financial Controller Tracey Musty as the main reasons for the city’s... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Waikuku Farmers Scoop Environmental Award

    Published: 19 May 2016

    A strong commitment to restoring Waikuku Stream has been recognised with the Waikuku Water Management Group winning North Canterbury Fish and Game’s inaugural “Working with Nature” award last month. Waimakariri Water Zone Committee Chair Claire McKay says it’s rewarding to see the group getting recognition for their ongoing efforts to improve... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Frontpage News - May 2016

    Published: 18 May 2016

    Vote2016 major partners coming on board LGNZ has signed up a number of major partners in the Vote2016 campaign, and with several more in the pipeline. Local election turnout has been declining since the 1980s with only 42 per cent of New Zealanders voting in the 2013 elections. Vote2016 aims to lift... Read more

  • LGNZ welcomes Tourism Infrastructure boost for the regions

    Published: 13 May 2016

    LGNZ President, Lawrence Yule, today welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Fund. The announcement of $12 million over four years funding line will assist local authorities facing infrastructure stress from the current tourism boom. Mr Yule says, “Although this is a welcomed boost, LGNZ will continue... Read more

  • Events bring big dollars to Waipa district

    Published: 12 May 2016

    Independent research shows major events in Waipa district are providing a massive economic return. The research from Wellington-based Marketview was commissioned by Waipa District Council and looked at five 2015 events: Waka Ama Sprint Nationals (January), Maadi Cup rowing (March), Kihikihi International Horse trials (April), National Agricultural Fieldays (June) and the... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Ruapehu District Council to hold pre-election workshops for candidates

    Published: 12 May 2016

    Ruapehu District Council (RDC) is holding two information workshops for anyone thinking of standing in the October Local Authority Elections for either a Council or Community Board position. The Taumarunui workshop is scheduled for Monday 4 July and the Ohakune workshop for Wednesday 6 July. RDC Chief Executive Clive Manley said that... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • LGNZ welcomes Minister of Finance clarity on Housing Policy

    Published: 12 May 2016

    LGNZ President, Lawrence Yule, has today welcomed the Minister of Finance’s clarity on the Government’s position on housing affordability. In his speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce (Business Central), Minister English indicated that the Government’s focus is on working with councils to get more houses built. “This is the goal of... Read more

  • New businesses choosing Rotorua inner city

    Published: 11 May 2016

    New businesses are opening in Rotorua’s inner city and retailers are welcoming the renewed vibrancy. Rotorua Lakes Council inner city portfolio lead Cr Karen Hunt says there has been a concerted effort by both Council and the business community to revitalise the inner city and it is now paying clear dividends. “We... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Hurunui District Council gives peace of mind to pet owners

    Published: 11 May 2016

    The Hurunui District Council has stumbled across something that ratepayers care about more than rubbish and water… their pets!  And they have found a cheap, easy and effective way to help their community have peace of mind about the care of their furry and feathered friends if anything should happen... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Drive for student jobs

    Published: 11 May 2016

    An initiative aimed at equipping all high school students with the tools and support to gain their full driver’s licence before they leave school was officially launched at CHB College on Monday last week. A collaboration between the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, Massey University and Connecting for Youth Employment (CYE)- Central... Read more

  • Local government Vote2016 campaign gains major partners

    Published: 5 May 2016

    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has signed up a number of major partners in the Vote2016 campaign to lift nationwide voter participation in the October local council elections to more than 50 per cent.  Local election turnout has been declining since the 1980s with a total of only 42 per cent... Read more

  • Draft plan for future of Rabbit Island released

    Published: 5 May 2016

    The Tasman District Council has used the hundreds of public comments it received on the future of Moturoa/Rabbit Island to draft a reserve management plan that will guide the area for the next decade. Community Development Committee chairperson Judene Edgar said the public was invited to make comments on the draft... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Progress in Canterbury’s freshwater

    Published: 5 May 2016

    Environment Canterbury Regional Council (ECAN) says there are real examples of the progress in improving water quality and the natural environment in Canterbury. The council says two good examples are the Waikakahi Stream in South Canterbury and Harts Creek, a spring fed tributary of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. Twenty years ago the Waikakahi was... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Wellington Town Belt – a Capital taonga protected in law for the future

    Published: 5 May 2016

    Following the third and final reading in Parliament on 4 May – the local Bill for the Wellington Town Belt has finally been passed. The Wellington Town Belt Act 2016 gives greater protection to the Town Belt, guards its special status, and gives greater say to the Wellington public on its... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Hamilton City Council moves to slash more red tape

    Published: 5 May 2016

    Hamilton City Council is continuing to slash the amount of red tape that residents, ratepayers and businesses have to comply with. A report to this week’s Strategy and Policy Committee meeting noted that the number of policies on the city’s books has reduced from 136 in 2010 to 43 this year. Of... Read more

    Type: Local wins

  • Commitment to improve freedom camping management

    Published: 4 May 2016

    The tourism industry, local government and other stakeholders have committed to working together to improve the management of freedom camping in communities around New Zealand. At a meeting of the New Zealand Responsible Camping Forum, convened by Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA), attendees agreed to a three-pronged approach to tackling... Read more

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