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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, Deputy Chief Executive Advocacy on 029 924 1221 or helen.mexted@lgnz.co.nz

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For useful information about Local Government in New Zealand, read our "Journalists' Guide to Local Government.


Coherent and connected water policy needed, LGNZ says

A new approach to water policy is needed to ensure community expectations and government standards can be better met, Local Government New Zealand says.

February 23, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

A million native trees planted by local government last year

A million native trees were registered by councils last year with Trees That Count, the national initiative to plant millions more native trees to mitigate climate change.

February 10, 2017  |  Local wins  |  Local news

Council assessment coming

The South Waikato District Council is being independently assessed as part of Local Government New Zealand's (LGNZ) Excellence Programme.

February 15, 2017  |  Local wins  |  Local news

More cops a much needed step

A commitment from the Government for more police for rural and provincial New Zealand will help alleviate pressures small communities have been facing from a shortage of police staff.

February 3, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Frontpage News - February 2017

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February 2, 2017  |  Frontpage News  |  Local news

Methven ready for conference

The countdown is on for Methven Community Board members as they prepare to host the 2017 Community Boards Conference in May.

January 24, 2017  |  Local wins  |  Local news

ACT’s housing ideas have merit, LGNZ says

Housing is one of the most significant issues facing New Zealanders and Local Government New Zealand agrees with ACT Party leader David Seymour that new approaches are needed to ensure...

January 25, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Call for greater tourism funding for communities welcomed

Federated Farmers adding its voice to the call for more central government funding for tourism infrastructure is welcomed by Local Government New Zealand. 

January 24, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Explore the northern Waitematā Harbour

Upper Harbour Local Board is encouraging residents to explore their blue backyard this summer.

January 23, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  Local news

New plastics policy welcomed but further steps needed, LGNZ says

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the Government’s proposals to ban products containing plastic microbeads and hopes it signals a new approach to removing plastics from the environment.

January 17, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Ashburton Policy Advisor wins LGNZ award

Passion is what drives Rachel Thomas in her work with local government, and after being awarded 2016 LGNZ Top Student for Local Government paper, she can now celebrate that passion...

January 16, 2017  |  2016 Media Releases  |  National news

New online guide to safe swimming launched

New Zealanders are being encouraged to do their surfing online before hitting their favourite swimming spots this summer.

December 19, 2016  |  2016 Media Releases  |  National news

Community vision project aims for broad reach

Source: Chris Thompson, Flickr IMG_0755

December 14, 2016  |  2016 Media Releases  |  Local news

Draft meth contamination standard welcomed

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the new draft Standard for testing and decontaminating properties contaminated by methamphetamine.

December 13, 2016  |  2016 Media Releases  |  National news

Local Government New Zealand welcomes new Prime Minister

Local Government New Zealand congratulates new Prime Minister the Hon Bill English and says it is looking forward to continuing to build a strong relationship with the Government under its...

December 12, 2016  |  2016 Media Releases  |  National news