Date updated: 23 June 2017

  • Climate change project on a page

    Published: December 21, 2017

    Climate change will affect us all during our lifetimes. Between 1990 and 2015, New Zealand’s net carbon emissions have risen by 64%.

  • Water 2050 project on a page

    Published: November 6, 2017

    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.

  • Local Government Leaders' Water Declaration

    Published: October 30, 2017

    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.  The 2017 Local Government Leaders' Water Declaration is local government’s commitment to achieving the goals we all want – plentiful clean and safe water for generations to come.

  • Addressing New Zealand’s biodiversity challenge: five recommendations for change

    Published: August 15, 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. Good progress is being made in some areas, aided by effective new technology and greater public, corporate and philanthropic attention to and investment in the environment. But business as usual will not be good enough if we are to maintain our unique indigenous biodiversity. It is under threat, and we are losing ground in many cases. We have considered how we could better manage our indigenous biodiversity, with a particular focus on the role and work of regional councils.

  • Better economic development in local government

    Published: July 24, 2017

    This survey provides for the first time a comprehensive picture of local government’s investment in economic development services. It provides a solid platform to identify any issues within the sector, and will help stimulate strategic discussions about how greater value can be delivered in the future.

  • Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration 2017

    Published: July 22, 2017

    In 2015, Mayors and Chairs of New Zealand declared an urgent need for responsive leadership and a holistic approach to climate change. We, the Mayors and Chairs of 2017, wholeheartedly support that call for action.

  • Local government position statement on climate change

    Published: July 22, 2017

    Local government recognises a critical need for proactive collaboration between central and local government, and between city, regional, unitary and district councils which recognises the different mandates and roles for climate change responses. We will work together with our communities.

  • The 2017 Local Government Manifesto

    Published: July 22, 2017

    LGNZ’s plan for a prosperous and vibrant New Zealand
    The 2017 Local Government Manifesto

  • How climate change affects local government: A catalogue of roles and responsibilities

    Published: July 12, 2017

    How climate change affects local government: A catalogue of roles and responsibilities

  • New Zealand Local Government Survey 2017

    Published: June 29, 2017

    This report is the second three-yearly survey on local government and how our citizens and businesses feel about the services and value we provide.