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
Senior Communications Advisor
022 524 1217




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Local government debates remits at AGM

A record 21 remits were made official Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) policy at LGNZ’s Annual General Meeting today, from a total of 24 remits that were voted on.

8 July, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Roadmap for reinvigorating local democracy launched

Over 600 local and central government delegates, including the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, were on hand to hear LGNZ president Dave Cull launch a roadmap...

7 July, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Councils to vote on record number of remits at LGNZ AGM

Councils will vote on a record 24 remits at the Local Government New Zealand Annual General Meeting on Sunday, held in Wellington as part of the 2019 LGNZ Conference.

5 July, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Prod Comm report supports LGNZ’s calls for funding and financing revamp

A draft report on local government funding and financing by the Productivity Commission has put the spotlight on a number of issues that LGNZ have been calling for central government...

4 July, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

LGNZ conference focused on returning power to the people

Over 550 delegates will attend the 2019 LGNZ Conference in Wellington this weekend, where a roadmap for restoring the balance between local and central government will be unveiled.

3 July, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Frontpage News - June 2019

We're ten days away from the LGNZ Conference, and that means the biggest night in local government is almost here - the LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards!

This year there are 14 amazing finalist entries vying...

25 June, 2019  |  Frontpage News  |  National news

Youth voting to shine a light on local candidates

Youth across New Zealand will experience a local council election first-hand as voters in the Youth Voting 2019 programme.

14 June, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Local leaders urged to consider election run early

Local Government New Zealand is encouraging community-minded leaders to get ahead of the game and start thinking about running for their upcoming local council elections now.

5 June, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards showcase outstanding leadership by local councils

The high levels of service local councils provide to communities across New Zealand are again demonstrated through the exceptional range and standard of finalists in the Local Government New Zealand...

5 June, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Wellbeing budget promises encourage local government

LGNZ welcomes a budgetary focus on well-being, which provides support for local government’s newly reinstated four well-beings, and a programme of work that promises a more equitable regional transition to...

31 May, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Independent report on regional council compliance, monitoring and enforcement

An independent report into compliance, monitoring and enforcement (CME) by New Zealand’s regional and unitary councils has found it is in relatively good shape and made recommendations on improvements.

30 May, 2019  |   |  National news

LGNZ see potential in new urban development authority

A newly announced urban development authority - Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities – has the potential to address our housing crisis, but shouldn’t put regional New Zealand in its blind spot...

29 May, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Local government Vote 2019 campaign gains major partners

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has signed up a number of major partners in the Vote 2019 campaign to lift nationwide voter turnout in local elections and increase people’s engagement...

23 May, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news

Frontpage News - May 2019

LGNZ are working to ensure that our regional, rural, city and district councils are having their say at the highest levels of government.

13 May, 2019  |  Frontpage News  |  National news

Local government encouraged by national recycling plan

LGNZ is encouraged by the announcement of a national plan to address New Zealand’s growing recycling issues, citing the need for more detailed work to truly deliver a sustainable circular...

10 May, 2019  |  2019 Media Releases  |  National news