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At the end of 2020, LGNZ approached Sense Partners to conceive an approach to spatial planning that supports the overarching goal of housing affordability: the goal of both the Urban Growth Agenda and the National Policy Statement on Urban Development.

This report provides a summary of discussion between central and local government to consider the merits of a national Land Information Memorandum (“LIM”) template.

“Rewarding, interesting, frustrating: how elected members feel about their time in local government” is designed to give us the information we need to shape our training programmes and advocacy campaigns to make local government an attractive public service option.

Councils play a critical role in leading adaptation response.

The Compliance and Enforcement Special Interest Group (CESIG) comprises regulatory managers from the 16 regional and unitary councils making up the Regional Sector of local government within New Zealand.

LGNZ’s view on the Productivity Commission’s findings and recommendations.

This guidance document is designed to provide councils with support, and a consistent approach, for regularly assessing the exposure of their infrastructure to sea level rise and inland flood risk. To read a summary click here.

An analysis of issues identified by councils giving effect to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity.

In August 2018, a working group of representatives from central and local government was established to co-produce guidance on how central government can engage effectively with local government.

The RMA is New Zealand’s flagship environmental legislation and its implementation is highly devolved. Achieving the purpose of the Act – the sustainable management of natural and physical resources – is dependent on the quality of that implementation.