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Date updated: 23 June 2017

  • Addressing New Zealand’s biodiversity challenge: five recommendations for change

    Published: August 15, 2017

    Our native flora and fauna is a Taonga that does much to define us as a nation and the time is right to tackle the big questions around its future management. Good progress is being made in some areas, aided by effective new technology and greater public, corporate and philanthropic attention to and investment in the environment. But business as usual will not be good enough if we are to maintain our unique indigenous biodiversity. It is under threat, and we are losing ground in many cases. We have considered how we could better manage our indigenous biodiversity, with a particular focus on the role and work of regional councils.

  • Better economic development in local government

    Published: July 24, 2017

    This survey provides for the first time a comprehensive picture of local government’s investment in economic development services. It provides a solid platform to identify any issues within the sector, and will help stimulate strategic discussions about how greater value can be delivered in the future.

  • Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration 2017

    Published: July 22, 2017

    In 2015, Mayors and Chairs of New Zealand declared an urgent need for responsive leadership and a holistic approach to climate change. We, the Mayors and Chairs of 2017, wholeheartedly support that call for action.

  • Local government position statement on climate change

    Published: July 22, 2017

    Local government recognises a critical need for proactive collaboration between central and local government, and between city, regional, unitary and district councils which recognises the different mandates and roles for climate change responses. We will work together with our communities.

  • The 2017 Local Government Manifesto

    Published: July 22, 2017

    LGNZ’s plan for a prosperous and vibrant New Zealand
    The 2017 Local Government Manifesto

  • How climate change affects local government: A catalogue of roles and responsibilities

    Published: July 12, 2017

    How climate change affects local government: A catalogue of roles and responsibilities

  • New Zealand Local Government Survey 2017

    Published: June 29, 2017

    This report is the second three-yearly survey on local government and how our citizens and businesses feel about the services and value we provide.

  • Council-Māori Participation Arrangements

    Published: June 28, 2017

    Information for councils and Māori when considering their arrangements to engage and work with each other.

  • LGNZ Policy Statement 2017/19: A vibrant and prosperous New Zealand

    Published: June 2, 2017

    This Policy Statement sets out how LGNZ will work on behalf of our members to ensure they have the policy tools and levers to prepare for and meet the challenges facing New Zealand and its communities.

  • The statutory framework of New Zealand's local government sector: is the key legislation working properly?

    Published: August 9, 2016

    LGNZ commissioned a paper which takes a high-level look at the interrelationships between the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA), the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA). It comments on the coherence of the statutory framework for local government and on how this statutory framework is holding up in the face of current challenges.