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New council assessments show councils performing strongly

The second round of council assessments through the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ have been released and include the programme’s first AA rating.

October 11, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

CouncilMARK™ Independent Assessment Board releases new council reports

The Independent Assessment Board which oversees the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ has today released the second set of council assessments and ratings.

October 11, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

LGNZ congratulates supermarkets on plastic bag action

Local Government New Zealand congratulates supermarket chains Progressive Enterprises and Foodstuffs for their decisive action on single use plastic bags. 

October 10, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

World Rivers Day heralds boost for water quality data

Understanding and improving our waterways requires high quality information and communities can now access the latest on their rivers, lakes and streams thanks to fresh data available today.  World Rivers...

September 24, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Climate change a top priority for a new government: LGNZ

Local government is calling for an incoming government to act quickly on climate change to ensure New Zealand communities are well prepared for rising sea levels and greater storm frequency. 

September 12, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Council data good, league tables little value, LGNZ says

New “league tables” released by the Taxpayers Union provide useful data but reaching meaningful conclusions by comparing councils is difficult, Local Government New Zealand says. 

August 22, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Biodiversity report calls for coordinated approach

A national body incorporating both public and private interests to oversee New Zealand’s work to protect and improve our biodiversity could ensure efforts are coordinated and as effective as possible,...

August 17, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Labour’s high school driver licensing policy welcomed by local government

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the release of the Labour Party’s School Leavers' Toolkit, which includes a promise to introduce driving classes to all high school students. 

August 15, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Productivity Commission notes central leadership needed on climate change

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

August 9, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news

Freshwater NPS a significant step forward

Local Government New Zealand acknowledges the latest set of changes to the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management announced today as a significant step forward for providing better water management.

August 9, 2017  |  2017 Media Releases  |  National news