News & Media

News & Media

News & Media

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:

Daniel Webster
Communications Advisor
022 524 1217

If you would like to receive our media releases, please contact Daniel Webster.

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


Budget’s support for communities welcomed by LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the increased support that the Government’s Budget 2018 will provide for communities through housing, regional development and environmental preservation. 

May 17, 2018  |   |  National news

LGNZ welcomes Productivity Commission review into local government funding

LGNZ President Dave Cull welcomes Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta’s announcement today that there will be a Productivity Commission inquiry into local government funding.

May 11, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Predicted tourism boom could push infrastructure to breaking point

LGNZ President Dave Cull says that new forecasts predicting an international visitor increase of 37% to 5.1 million annually by 2024 will be a great boost to regional economies across...

May 8, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Frontpage News - May 2018

This edition of Frontpage News features the release of the first Water 2050 discussion paper: Governance – A better framework for drinking water regulation.

May 7, 2018  |  Frontpage News  |  National news

Productivity Commission draft report provides climate change strategy

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the release this morning of the Productivity Commission’s draft low emissions economy report as another step towards greater action on climate change.

April 27, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Key issues and solutions canvassed at freedom camping symposium

The freedom camping boom and its issues have been at the centre of debate among over 50 delegates at the LGNZ freedom camping symposium today in Nelson.

April 19, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Freedom camping working group announced ahead of LGNZ Symposium

The announcement today of a central and local government working group on freedom camping by Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis comes ahead of a LGNZ run symposium to be held...

April 18, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Four well-beings restored to local communities

Local Government New Zealand is delighted to see the introduction of the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill which restores the four aspects of community well-being along with the introduction...

April 6, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Regional councils set draft regional targets for swimmable lakes and rivers

Regional councils are this month announcing draft targets that are a step towards the goal of 90 per cent of rivers and lakes being swimmable by 2040.

March 29, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

North hosts first national WaiRestoration hui

About 50 people from across New Zealand have gathered in Kerikeri for the country’s first Enviroschools WaiRestoration national hui.

March 28, 2018  |  Local wins  |  Local news

Open letter to the Government calls for removal of poll provisions for Māori

Local Government New Zealand is calling on the Government to remove poll provisions for Māori wards and constituencies.

March 26, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

LGNZ media briefing, 14 March 2018

LGNZ's first Quarterly Media Briefing of 2018 was held on Wednesday in Wellington. LGNZ President Dave Cull was joined by Local Government Funding Agency chief executive Mark Butcher and chair...

March 15, 2018  |  Quarterly Media Briefings  |  National news

Community input and funding options needed to address freedom camping issues

A working party led by local and central government on freedom camping is a positive step towards finding solutions for a complex problem, Local Government New Zealand says. 

March 14, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Greater Wellington Regional Council receives AA CouncilMARK™ rating

Wellingtonians are being well served by the Greater Wellington Regional Council, a report completed under the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ shows. 

March 8, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Zero Carbon Act needs to consider adaptation alongside mitigation

The report from new Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton calling for a structured and long-term approach to climate change includes a number of important recommendations, Local Government New...

March 7, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news