Central Hawke’s Bay Manager receives prestigious leadership award

Central Hawke’s Bay Council’s Director, Darren de Klerk, is the recipient of the hotly contested Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa 2021 Emerging Leader of the Year Award.

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1:08 PM, 6 May 2021

Congratulations Western Bay of Plenty District Council – winner of coveted LGFA Supreme Award

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has won the coveted LGFA Supreme Award as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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11:57 AM, 6 May 2021

Wairoa District Council Manager, Simon Mutonhori wins overseas professional development opportunity.

Wairoa District Council Manager, Simon Mutonhori, has been awarded an overseas professional development opportunity in the United States by Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa at a Gala Dinner in Wellington tonight.

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11:56 AM, 6 May 2021

Datacom Award for Transforming Service Delivery goes to Selwyn District Council

Selwyn District Council’s customer service transformation project has been awarded the Datacom Award for Transforming Service Delivery as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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11:55 AM, 6 May 2021

Waikato Regional Council takes Buddle Findlay Award for Bicultural Leadership

A Waikato Regional Council landmark transfer of services project has been awarded the Buddle Findlay Award for Bicultural Leadership as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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11:46 AM, 6 May 2021

Whangārei District Council wins Capability Group Award for Excellence in Organisation and People Development

Whangārei District Council’s organisational strategy has been awarded the Capability Group Award for Excellence in Organisation and People Development as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner in Wellington tonight.

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11:13 AM, 6 May 2021

Far North District Council winner of MartinJenkins Award for Better Policy and Regulation

The Far North District Council’s strategy to find solutions to address the district’s digital divide has been awarded the MartinJenkins Award for Better Policy and Regulation as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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12:35 AM, 6 May 2021

Hasting District Council gains BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action for innovative housing project

An innovative Hasting District Council housing project has been awarded the BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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12:23 AM, 6 May 2021

Double success for Kaipara District Council

It is a double celebration for Kaipara District Council today with the announcement that two local government leaders will head overseas for professional development opportunities, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington.

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12:12 AM, 6 May 2021

Otago Regional Council takes out the NZ leg of the Management Challenge

A team from Otago Regional Council has won the New Zealand leg of the JLT Management Challenge and will go on to compete in the Australian final later in the year.

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12:05 AM, 6 May 2021

Green corridor project wins Eke Panuku Development Auckland the GHD Award for Environmental Leadership

Eke Panuku Development Auckland’s green corridor project has been awarded the GHD Award for Environmental Leadership as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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12:00 AM, 6 May 2021

Taituarā welcomes a new Executive Committee

We are delighted to advise you that Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa has new members in its Executive Committee, starting 1 July 2021. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude for the fantastic mahi that three departing members have contributed to our organisation over the past three years.

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7:56 PM, 28 April 2021

The Emissions Trading Scheme and local government

In June 2020, our Government made changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). These changes have introduced auctions and removed price certainty for New Zealand Units (NZUs) within the ETS and have been stated to be an important step in New Zealand moving towards meeting the carbon targets it has set for itself, both domestically and internationally. In this article Brett Johanson and Melanie Craxton from PwC explain how the ETS now works and how councils with surrender obligations can operate under the new rules and structure, outlining key risks and how they can be mitigated.

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6:36 PM, 28 April 2021

Reforming the Resource Management Act

The Government’s reform of the Resource Management system is progressing at pace with three new Bills expected to replace it by the end of 2022.

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9:31 AM, 23 April 2021

The future for local government

An independent review of local government has been announced - this is one of the most significant developments the sector has seen in decades. It will explore how councils can maintain and improve the well-being of New Zealanders in the communities they serve, long into the future.

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12:00 AM, 23 April 2021

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