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This guidance document provides a brief overview of Simpson Grierson’s legal opinion on councils’ ability to stop or limit the provision of services infrastructure and potential liability consequences.

A legal toolkit for councils.

The case for increased financial contribution to local government for implementing treaty settlement arrangements.

The experience and challenges of freedom camping which have occurred since the passing of the Freedom Camping Act 2011 (FCA) into law has prompted the compilation of this, The Good Practice Guide for Freedom Camping, as a resource for both councils and tourism operators.

LGNZ is now building on our 3 Waters project through Water 2050. Water 2050 proposes that a more integrated water policy framework is needed. There are five components; allocation, water quality, infrastructure, governance and cost/ funding.

Climate change will affect us all during our lifetimes.  Between 1990 and 2015, New Zealand’s net carbon emissions have risen by 64%. All local authorities (city, regional, district and unitary councils) are at the frontline of climate change adaptation and have a role to play in mitigation.

New Zealand’s water resources - natural rivers, lakes, streams; and drinking water, stormwater, wastewater - are critical to our nation’s livelihood and wellbeing. We need to understand the linkages and that changes in one area impact significantly on the others.

As the leaders of their communities the Mayors and Chairs of New Zealand declare their continuing and absolute commitment to valuing and managing water as a precious resource.

How climate change affects local government

A catalogue of roles and responsibilities

July 2017

Our native flora and fauna is a Taonga that does much to define us as a nation and the time is right to tackle the big questions around its future management.