Date updated: 23 June 2017
Published: May 16, 2018
This guidance document provides a brief overview of Simpson Grierson’s legal opinion on councils’ ability to limit new or extended development in natural hazard areas.
Published: May 16, 2018
This guidance document provides guidance material on what climate-change related natural hazard information should be included on a LIM, and case study material on a process undertaken by Kāpiti Coast District Council to improve the way it processes and delivers LIMs.
Published: April 19, 2018
The experience and challenges of freedom camping which have occurred since the passing of the Freedom Camping Act 2011 (FCA) into law has prompted the compilation of this, The Good Practice Guide for Freedom Camping, as a resource for both councils and tourism operators.
Published: April 9, 2018
LGNZ is now building on our 3 Waters project through Water 2050. Water 2050 proposes that a more integrated water policy framework is needed. There are five components; allocation, water quality, infrastructure, governance and cost/ funding. This report, "A better framework for drinking water regulation" explores what a new regulatory system to enable the provision of safe drinking water could look like.
Published: March 16, 2018
The case for increased financial contribution to local government for implementing treaty settlement arrangements.
Published: December 21, 2017
Climate change will affect us all during our lifetimes. Between 1990 and 2015, New Zealand’s net carbon emissions have risen by 64%.
Published: November 6, 2017
New Zealand’s water resources - natural rivers, lakes, streams; and drinking water, stormwater, wastewater - are critical to our nation’s livelihood and wellbeing. We need to understand the linkages and that changes in one area impact significantly on the others.
Published: October 30, 2017
As the leaders of their communities the Mayors and Chairs of New Zealand declare their continuing and absolute commitment to valuing and managing water as a precious resource. The 2017 Local Government Leaders' Water Declaration is local government’s commitment to achieving the goals we all want – plentiful clean and safe water for generations to come.
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.
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.