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.

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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

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.  The current state of affairs is stalling housing developments and regional economies through the Agency’s seeming inability to progress vital roading projects.

14 March 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National 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 it.

 

13 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 engagement with the community.

13 March 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  Local 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 $14 billion of local government infrastructure is exposed to sea level rise.

8 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 provide infrastructure for over three million visitors a year.

8 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 present challenges.

5 March 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  Local 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

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