2021 JLT Australasian Management Challenge: meet our teams

The New Zealand leg of the JLT Australasian Management Challenge was held in Hutt City this week with 14 teams from around the country competing for a spot in the Australasian final of the competition. The tasks are currently being marked and the winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner on 6 May 2021.

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2:57 PM, 15 April 2021

New insulation standards consultation

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) has just released a proposal to alter the Building Code to increase the energy efficiency of new homes, as well as a raft of other improvements in terms of energy efficiency and housing densification. This is hugely significant as it will affect all councils across the country both in terms of well-being and regulatory enforcement. Therefore, we strongly encourage councils to make a submission on the proposal. Council input could come from building regulators, those in sustainability or policy, and anyone with an interest in this matter.

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6:18 PM, 14 April 2021

Supporting sustainable freedom camping consultation

Councils across the country have been under pressure to deal with the burgeoning numbers of freedom campers over the past few years. The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) is proposing new regulations with particular emphasis to onboard toilet facilities, and where non-certified self-contained vehicles may camp. Taituarā encourages councils to read the proposed changes and submit on this proposal which will affect council employees and the communities they serve.

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3:30 PM, 14 April 2021

Taituarā urges specifics and speed to the Climate Commission

The direct and speedy implementation of road user charges is a key recommendation in the Taituarā submission to He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission.

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2:04 PM, 14 April 2021

Building houses – prefabs and building products

Parliament is nearing completion of major changes to the Building Act to remove barriers to prefabricated consenting and to regulate building products. The changes will create an entirely new prefab consenting path and put central governmental controls on building products

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4:32 PM, 29 March 2021

Can council staff participate as submitters in a council consultation?

Across the country 2021 Long-Term Plans are moving into the formal phase of the engagement process and the hardy perennial of staff ‘rights’ to submit has been raised.

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3:59 PM, 29 March 2021

Working with councillors on the biggest business in town

Elected officials and local government professionals have a tight relationship: they can’t do their jobs without each other.

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2:53 PM, 29 March 2021

Podcast: Helen Rice speaks with Karen Thomas, Chief Executive of Taituarā

In Rice Speir Radio’s latest podcast Taituarā Chief Executive, Karen Thomas, talks with Helen Rice about Taituarā and its role within the local government sector in New Zealand. Karen also shares a little about herself and her own varied leadership experiences.

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3:53 PM, 24 March 2021

From the Taituarā archives on International Women’s Day

They say that a picture speaks a thousand words and this photograph from 1927 from the Taituarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa archives indeed says a lot about gender representation at the top echelons of local government in New Zealand.

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2:46 PM, 8 March 2021

Forty-three enter Local Government Excellence Awards

A near-record number of entries have been submitted into the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Excellence Awards®.

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9:18 AM, 26 February 2021

Te Waihanga inviting feedback on water sector State of Play

This is the latest in a series about the current state of play in key infrastructure sectors, and will help inform Te Waihanga’s 30-year strategy for infrastructure.

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4:32 PM, 25 February 2021

Is your council prepared to live in a disrupted climate?

James Hughes, Technical Director: Climate Change and Resilience at Tonkin + Taylor, one of the speakers at our upcoming Marsh Risk Management Forum, shares some strategies that councils might take to adapt to the changing climate.

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4:02 PM, 25 February 2021
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Taituarā submits on Māori Wards Bill

The Bill abolishes binding polls on the establishment of Māori Wards and constituencies whether triggered by the community, or initiated by a local authority.

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11:45 AM, 16 February 2021

Te Waihanga inviting feedback on sector State of Play reports

Te Waihanga / New Zealand Infrastructure Commission is seeking feedback on reports that look at the current state of New Zealand’s infrastructure.

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4:02 PM, 15 February 2021

Local Government priorities – an overview of the common themes in the post-election briefings

We examine the briefings to the incoming Minister of Local Government / incoming Government provided by the Department of Internal Affairs, Local Government New Zealand, as well as Taituarā - Local Government Professionals Aotearoa.

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1:44 PM, 15 February 2021

Updates to legal compliance resources – what you need to know

Taituarā’s best-practice resources and advice provide councils with guidance in areas around legislation obligations. Our SectorGoodToolkit® has been updated to reflect these recent changes to the Privacy Act and case law updates for the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.

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11:59 AM, 15 February 2021

We are now known as Taituarā

SOLGM is now known as ‘Taituarā’. This new name was formally gifted by Ministers Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Hon Peeni Henare last month following consultation with members and stakeholders.

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9:30 AM, 9 February 2021

What did Hauraki District Council learn from winning last year's Management Challenge?

Still need convincing about the value of entering a team in the 2021 Management Challenge? Hear from 2020 winners Hauraki District Council on what forged such a memorable experience for them.

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8:50 AM, 3 February 2021

FutureFit for Councils

FutureFit for councils is a climate action resource to enable councils to embed low-carbon-emitting behaviour within their communities. Auckland Council is thrilled to now announce their first FutureFit for councils partner – Tasman District Council.

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10:42 AM, 27 January 2021

Dr Ganesh Nana appointed as the next Chair of the Productivity Commission

We are delighted to hear that long-time Taituarā supporter, and BERL Research Director, Dr Ganesh Nana has been appointed to be the next Chair of the Productivity Commission from February 2021.

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10:00 AM, 16 December 2020

Briefing to the Incoming Minister

In November, we provided a Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Managing for Community Well-being, followed by Tuning up the Engine, an outline potential changes to local government law.

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12:19 AM, 16 December 2020

Overseas Manager Exchanges – an opportunity to experience local government on a global level

Have you ever wondered how the role of a local government manager differs in Canada, the United States, or Australia? Applications for our 2021 Overseas Manager Exchanges are now open.

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5:08 PM, 7 December 2020

Season's Greetings

Our office is closed from Monday 21 December 2020 and reopens Monday 11 January 2021. Our team wishes you warm wishes for the Christmas and New Year period and looks forward to working with you again in 2021.

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4:20 PM, 7 December 2020

Hauraki District Council wins the 2020 Australasian Management Challenge

Hauraki District Council’s Team Hiko Hauraki are the overall winners of the 2020 Australasian Management Challenge, beating seven teams from across Australia.

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1:33 PM, 7 December 2020

New Governance resources – here’s what you need to know

Taituarā’s best-practice governance resources and advice provide councils with guidance in areas around legislative obligations, LGOIMA expectations and changes to the Privacy Act. A new governance section in Taituarā’s LGSectorGoodToolkit outlines some of the changes that have taken place in these areas this year.

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1:16 PM, 3 December 2020