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:

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

If you would like to receive our media releases, please contact Joe Dawson.

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


Second New Zealand China Mayoral Forum to strengthen relationship

Local Government New Zealand is delighted to be hosting the second New Zealand China Mayoral Forum in Wellington this year, following the successful inaugural event of 2015. 

March 27, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Council sends out freedom camping caravan

Freedom camping caravans are commonplace in Taupo but Taupo District Council is sending out one of its own.

March 20, 2017  |  Local wins  |  Local news

Nelson freedom camping areas coming to a close 1 April

With the busy tourism period coming to an end, Nelson’s temporary inner city freedom camping areas are due to close on 1 April 2017.

March 20, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  Local news

New group to work on big issues in local government

A new policy group to advise local government on the big issues facing communities nationwide will bring together a diverse and capable team.

March 14, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Depth of tourism infrastructure needs revealed

The full extent of the infrastructure investment needed so communities can keep up with unprecedented tourism growth has been highlighted through a recent survey of local government.

March 14, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

LGNZ launches Water 2050 to develop cohesive water policy

Local Government New Zealand has launched a new piece of work to create a comprehensive framework that brings freshwater issues and water infrastructure into a coherent policy.

March 14, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Community Matters, Cr John Vujcich, Lifting performance bar

In the last triennium the Far North District Council voted to participate in the Local Government Excellence Programme as one of the foundation members. The decision wasn’t without challenge, but courageously, the council agreed.

February 23, 2017  |  Local wins  |  Local news

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