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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

LGNZ has worked with Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry for the Environment to produce this report that summarises the arrangements in place across New Zealand and will give councils and Māori examples as they consider what will work best for their own circumstances.