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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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9:27 AM, 12 October 2020

Reflections of an outgoing Chief Executive…

Manawatū District Council Chief Executive, Dr Richard Templer, will shortly step down from his role to take up the role of Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand. Richard reflects on the past four and a half years.

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9:01 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.

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8:47 AM, 21 September 2020

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.  

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11:23 AM, 10 September 2020