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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 left.  For media enquiries please contact:

Sean Gillespie
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Passion is what drives Rachel Thomas in her work with local government, and after being awarded 2016 LGNZ Top Student for Local Government paper, she can now celebrate that passion with the recognition of her colleagues, local government and the industry at large. 

Dear member,

In this edition of Frontpage News we report on the efforts councils around the country are making to help those affected by the serious earthquakes of last week.

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In this edition of Frontpage News we bring you the latest from the 2016 LGNZ conference, including policies launched, 2016 EXCELLENCE Award winners and our newest life members.  

Policies include LGNZ’s 2050 Challenge and a series of proposed changes to the resource management act.

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In this edition of Frontpage News we bring you the latest on the Local Government Excellence Programme, introduce a new guide to understanding risk financing in a changing world, and provide an update on the innovative approach to tackling the negative impacts of freedom camping taken by local government…

Vote2016 major partners coming on board
LGNZ has signed up a number of major partners in the Vote2016 campaign, and with several more in the pipeline. Local election turnout has been declining since the 1980s with only 42 per cent of New Zealanders voting in the 2013 elections.

In this edition of Frontpage News we are delighted to announce the finalists of the 2016 LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards. We have updates on the Local Government Excellence Programme, the 2016 local elections, the upcoming LGNZ Conference and discussion of New Zealand’s housing situation.

Local funding for tourism infrastructure
New Zealand’s regions are experiencing unprecedented tourism growth.   While this is good news for our communities’ regional economic development, increased tourism traffic intensifies the burden placed on local infrastructure.

The 2016 LGNZ Conference
The 2016 LGNZ Conference will take place at the Dunedin Centre from 24 - 26 July 2016.