Local Government New Zealand is delighted to see the introduction of the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill which restores the four aspects of community well-being along with the introduction of legislation which supports trials of online voting in the 2019 local authority elections.
LGNZ President Dave Cull says LGNZ congratulates the Government for taking action to reinstate the four well-beings.
“Local government around New Zealand has been seeking reinstatement of the four well-beings in legislation to once again recognise the work to deliver social, economic, environmental and cultural outcomes for communities. These importantly acknowledge that local authorities have a broader role in fostering liveable communities, than simply providing “core services”.
“LGNZ also welcomes the modification to development contributions, providing the ability to fund community infrastructure (ie swimming pools, libraries, sports fields etc) helping councils to support growth.”
LGNZ is also pleased to see the Local Electoral Matters Bill introduced which will enable a trial of online voting in the 2019 elections. Postal services are on the decline and booth voting is poorly suited to the various needs of our communities. It is important that voting methods can adapt in order to increase voter engagement.
LGNZ look forward to the progress of these Bills and to providing future analysis.
For more information contact LGNZ’s Deputy Chief Executive Advocacy, Helen Mexted on 029 924 1221 or firstname.lastname@example.org