News & Media

Below you will find LGNZ’s media releases and news from the sector, you can filter your search by clicking on the options to the right.  For media enquiries please contact:

Daniel Webster
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Environment Aotearoa yardstick welcomed by LGNZ

The latest report providing metrics on the state of New Zealand’s environment is being welcomed by LGNZ’s Regional Sector as a way for councils to focus their efforts where it...

18 April, 2019  |   |  National news

Government’s climate change inaction putting ratepayers on the hook

Ratepayers may face hefty legal bills due to a lack of government action on adaptation policy, according to a leading legal opinion by Jack Hodder QC.

28 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

LGNZ extends condolences to those in Christchurch

LGNZ President Dave Cull has expressed his condolences to those affected by the terrible acts in Christchurch.

16 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Frontpage News - March 2019

LGNZ's advocacy is focused on giving life to a strong democracy that provides a safe home for all faiths and walks of life.

18 March, 2019  |  Frontpage News  |  National news

NZTA needs to address the country’s investment needs

Local Government New Zealand is calling on the government to ensure that the internal issues at the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) are fixed soon.

14 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

CouncilMARK™ report delivers ‘A’ grade to small council doing big things

The Independent Assessment Board which oversees CouncilMARK™, the local government excellence programme, has today awarded Hauraki District Council with an A rating, citing stand out performance in governance, strategy and...

13 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  Local news

LGNZ: Scrapping SHAs hamstrings housing

Local Government New Zealand is disappointed by the Government’s blanket decision to not renew the Special Housing Area (SHA) legislation, saying the policy needed refinement not a red line through...

13 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Visitor levy referendum opens door to bold regional policy making

The announcement of a referendum to gauge public support for a Queenstown visitor levy is welcomed by LGNZ, who noted the town’s exceptional challenges, where a population of 28,000 people...

8 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

OECD report highlights NZ’s lack of national sea level rise framework

A report released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides strong support for the recommendations given by LGNZ’s recent report Vulnerable, which identified as much as...

8 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

A new campaign to increase voter turnout at the 2019 Local Authority Elections

LGNZ’s new #Vote2019NZ campaign encourages more New Zealanders to get involved in the Local Authority Elections this October.

5 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

CouncilMARK™ report: New Plymouth facing unique challenges

A CouncilMARK™ report issued for New Plymouth District Council says that while the region has experienced relative prosperity and growth, changes to the economy of New Zealand’s ‘energy capital’ may...

5 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  Local news

Symposium: NZ's political system broken

LGNZ’s Localism Symposium heard today how New Zealand’s highly centralised political system is failing New Zealand and we need to devolve decision making and power to improve community wellbeing.

1 March, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

New CouncilMARK™ report drills into Dunedin City Council performance

Dunedin City Council is the latest local authority to receive a CouncilMARK™ report from the programme’s Independent Assessment Board (IAB), which has identified an organisation that has overcome legacy financial...

26 February, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  Local news

New infrastructure body welcomed by local government

Local Government New Zealand welcomes plans to form The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, and supports its aim to deliver long term strategy and coordination of infrastructure planning.

22 February, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Mayors praise heritage building lifeline

A number of iconic heritage buildings will benefit from the Government’s announcement of a revamped Heritage EQUIP programme, helping to breathe life into regional town centres across New Zealand, says...

14 February, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news