Published: 6 June 2017
New Zealand’s infrastructure, community resilience and how we respond to increasing impacts on our environment will be key areas of focus for local government in the coming three years.
Local Government New Zealand has announced its updated policy priorities which will focus on the major issues New Zealand will face now and into the future, and inform its 2017 election manifesto, to be released soon.
Social impacts as a result of an ageing population and inequality, and further addressing economic development and growth across all of New Zealand make up the five priorities.
LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says the priorities are aimed at ensuring New Zealand is prepared for a future that will see many significant changes.
“These major changes include responding to climate change, an ageing population, the impacts of technology on the ways we work, the results of people increasingly moving to cities on both urban and regional areas, and protecting the environment as these shifts come to bear,” Mr Yule says.
“We are looking at a future quite different from our past and even our present. These policy priorities address the areas where local government will have a major role to play to ensure our communities and the country as a whole can thrive.”