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2018 Media Releases

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Funding to target local road blackspots welcomed by councils

LGNZ welcomes the Government’s announcement of the Safe Network Programme, which intends to invest $700 to $800 million in local road safety improvements over the next three years.

December 17, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Potential for Overseer to improve water quality

A report on whether a farm management tool used to calculate nutrient runoff could be used more widely to better inform water regulation is welcomed by LGNZ, who say that...

December 12, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Central & Local Government partnership provides boost for tourism

A collaboration between central and local government on a review of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, with nine changes announced today, will assist small communities struggling with the volume of tourists...

November 26, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Plastic bag phase-out will help form better waste minimisation habits

LGNZ is delighted by the Associate Minister for the Environment’s announcement today of a six month phase-out period for single-use plastic bags.

November 24, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Councils see Urban Development Authority as key to fixing housing woes

LGNZ welcomes the establishment of the Housing and Urban Development Authority, noting that housing affordability is a wicked problem for New Zealand that can only be tackled through a partnership...

November 24, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

LGNZ welcomes drinking water reform, not silver bullet policy making

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the Government’s focus on drinking water reforms, but is urging officials not to shut the door on innovation by pursuing a policy of mandatory aggregation...

November 20, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Government must embrace localism to improve community wellbeing

Local Government New Zealand is pleased the Government is starting a discussion to reinvigorate local decision making, but says a bold localist approach is needed to drive meaningful change.

November 20, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Local government releases position statement on three waters

LGNZ has released its position statement on three waters at its Quarterly Media Briefing today, calling on the Government to adopt four good public policy principles ahead of any reforms...

November 13, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

RMA reform to address key concerns for local government

LGNZ supports the Government’s proposal to wind back a number of Resource Management Act changes that excluded public consultation requirements, a move councils strongly opposed when they were introduced in 2017.

November 9, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news

Local government praises landowners committed to biodiversity

The recently released Report of the Biodiversity Collaborative Group, which includes a draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity, represents a useful addition to the policy toolbox to help halt...

November 9, 2018  |  2018 Media Releases  |  National news