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.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.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.11:59 AM, 15 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.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.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 2021.10:00 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.5:08 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.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.1:16 PM, 3 December 2020
Are you on track with your 2021 LTP?
Project teams are in the depths of developing their Long Term Plans (LTPs), a three-yearly process which sets out council priorities for the next ten years. Since 2006, Taituarā has been supporting councils with LTP development with a range of guidance documents which are available to all council staff.8:57 AM, 25 November 2020
Using volunteers to improve well-being and bring the community together
Using volunteers for a food-sharing service and social initiative, ‘The Food Circle’, is a proposal put forward by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams – Hiko Hauraki of Hauraki District Council. The proposal is fantastic example of engaging with the local community to support well-being while sourcing knowledge on how to grow food and cook seasonal, healthy meals.3:00 PM, 6 November 2020
Using data to inform decision making in a COVID-19 environment
Taituarā has partnered with Data Ventures to produce a report looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local CBD populations.12:51 AM, 30 October 2020
Harnessing the community to tell local stories…
Using volunteers and technology to tell local stories of cultural and historic significance is a proposal put forward by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams – BlueSky of Tauranga City Council. The proposal is a fantastic example of engaging with the local community to build a sense of belonging.9:34 AM, 28 October 2020
Climate Change + Business Conference
Covid-19 has given us an opportunity - an obligation - to transform our future. The 2020 Climate Change + Business Conference will explore the extent to which we have seized that opportunity. Will we act with the level of ambition and hope that the climate crisis requires of us?9:00 AM, 19 October 2020
Reducing carbon emissions and influencing community behavioural change
Using volunteers to action climate change initiatives and influence community behavioural change is a proposal put forward by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams – the ‘Taiao Angels’ of Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The proposal is an excellent example of engaging with local community for a common cause – in this case improving the environment by reducing emissions.9:27 AM, 12 October 2020
Overcoming social exclusion through digital literacy
Using volunteers to increase digital literacy in the community is a way of building a sense of community, create opportunities for people to feel included in a social group and build meaningful relationships with others.
For this year’s Management Challenge, Hutt City Council’s ‘Kapa Toa’ team has proposed the use of local volunteers in libraries to engage with those in the community who are socially isolated.
How a Swedish fitness trend could lead to a more sustainable future
‘Plogging’, a Swedish fitness trend combining jogging or walking with picking up litter to clean up waterways, is a proposal put forward by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams. The proposal is a great example of engaging the local community for a common cause – in this case removing waste to improve the environment.11:23 AM, 10 September 2020
Bringing the community together to deliver better environmental and well-being outcomes
An end-to-end pest management proposal by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams is a great example of connecting communities together for a common cause – in this case caring for the environment and connecting with the land and each other.1:52 PM, 2 September 2020
Public drinking fountains key to reducing plastic waste and improving health outcomes of our communities
RefillNZ has been working with councils around the country to identify the locations of most of the public water fountains, from Invercargill to Whangarei. Now, for the first time, drinking fountains covering about 85% of the population New Zealand are on RefillNZ’s online map –1,200 drinking fountains.11:30 AM, 18 August 2020
A winning team and an amazing personal development experience…
Every year without fail, teams involved in the Management Challenge tell us it is one of the best personal development opportunities they’ve undertaken. We spoke with Grace Davies of Hauraki District Council on her experience as part of the winning team, Hiko Hauraki, in this year's NZ leg of the JLT Australasian Management Challenge.