Adding natural hazard information to LIM reports 

The Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Bill, relating to the Act commonly referred to as LGOIMA, has been introduced to Parliament. This new legislation proposes to improve Land Information Memoranda (LIMs) and the information provided in them in order to disclose the risk of natural hazards increasingly likely due to climate change.

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12:37 AM, 28 November 2022

A zippy turnaround required for resource management consultations

Parliament's Environment Committee has opened consultation on the first two of three resource management bills. With submissions closing on 30 January 2023, we are keen to support councils to have their say despite the short turnaround.

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12:36 AM, 28 November 2022

Natasha Stubbing on leading for the future

Natasha Stubbing, Marketing and Engagement Manager at Northland Regional Council, was a recipient of the Taituarā 2022 Emerging Leader Award. As part of her prize AskYourTeam sponsored her to attend the 2022 International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Conference in the Ohio. In this article, Natasha reports on what she learned about leading for the future – with empathy, energy, equity, and a listening ear.

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3:45 PM, 25 November 2022

Five key workshops at Taituarā Conference 2022

We're excited that Taituarā Conference 2022 is coming up really soon – it's taking place from 29-30 November 2022 at the TSB Arena and Shed 6 in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. As part of the programme we have five workshops zeroing in on key topics relevant to local government professionals across the motu.

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10:22 AM, 17 November 2022

Taituarā Community Wellbeing Committee members announced

We would like to announce the members of the Taituarā Community Wellbeing Committee. Thank you to all those who applied to join the Committee.

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5:26 PM, 15 November 2022

Resource management bills introduced to Parliament

Taituarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa welcomes the introduction of the Natural and Built Environment Bill and Spatial Planning Bill to the House of Representatives.

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11:13 AM, 15 November 2022

Update on alcohol licensing reforms

The Government is now progressing work on alcohol law in two phases: an immediate phase looking to improve community participation in alcohol licensing decisions, and a longer-term phase considering wider systematic reform.

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10:04 AM, 15 November 2022

Jason Marris reports on the ICMA Conference

Following his exchanges in Texas, Kaipara District Council's Jason Marris who is General Manager for Engagement and Transformation, and current interim Chief Executive, attended the International City/County Management Association or ICMA Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

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11:48 AM, 9 November 2022

Boosting your council’s attractiveness and securing talented workers

With quarterly unemployment unchanged at 3.3 per cent this week, it’s very much a jobseekers’ market in which organisations remain in fierce competition to find the right recruits for their roles. We’re pleased to announce that Jo Cribb will facilitate a session to help you turbocharge your council’s pulling power and get you thinking about your future workforce at our Taituarā Conference 2022. This will take place in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington from 29-30 November 2022.

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11:21 AM, 3 November 2022

Jason Marris reports back from Texas City

Jason Marris was winner of a Taituarā Overseas Manager Exchange in 2021. Jason is General Manager for Engagement and Transformation, and currently interim Chief Executive at Kaipara District Council. In this second of three pieces, Jason reports back from Texas City.

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10:22 AM, 2 November 2022

Shyamal Ram on gaining a fresh global perspective

Shyamal Ram, one of the two Taituarā Emerging Leaders of the Year in 2022, recently attended the International City/County Management Association or ICMA Conference in Ohio. He reports back on his experiences at the Conference as well as some observations about how local government works in Maryland where he was hosted at Gaithersburg City following the Conference.

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4:34 PM, 1 November 2022

Taituarā responds to the Future for Local Government Review Panel's draft report 'He mata whāriki, he matawhānui'

Taituarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa welcomes the Future for Local Government Review Panel’s draft report 'He mata whāriki, he matawhānui' and acknowledges the Panel’s significant effort to get to this point, including the extensive engagement it has undertaken over the past 18 months.

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10:01 AM, 28 October 2022

Seeking nominations for the Taituarā Workforce Reference Group

The Workforce Reference Group is seeking nominations for new members. Applications from people with skills in recruitment and retention, learning and development or health safety and wellbeing are very welcome.

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8:35 AM, 19 October 2022

Transparency and governance road trip

Transparency International New Zealand has developed an interactive course with self-reflection quizzes along the way. This online learning resource is aimed at newly elected officials, but is "free for anyone to hitchhike on". It offers a journey through elements of local government leadership that are essential to the role. It is not a deep dive, but offers opportunities to learn and reflect.

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4:15 PM, 18 October 2022

Jason Marris reports back from Pearland, Texas

Jason Marris, General Manager for Engagement and Transformation, and currently interim Chief Executive at Kaipara District Council won an Overseas Manager Exchange in 2021. In this first of three pieces, Jason reports back from his American adventure. In this one from Pearland, Texas he shares some of the local government differences as well as similarities compared with New Zealand.

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3:29 PM, 17 October 2022

They’re in: local elections results announced

From rates, roads and rubbish through to civil defence, public health inspections, parks and playgrounds, and very much more, most Kiwis would be hard pressed to make it through a single day without using some facility or service that their council(s) provide. New Zealanders rely on candidates stepping up to represent them on a mammoth range of issues that make their communities tick. With most votes now counted, Taituarā congratulates all local government members who have been elected across the country to do this. Here are some initial observations.

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2:30 PM, 10 October 2022

Aotearoa Climate Adaptation Network annual hui

The Aotearoa Climate Adaptation Network (ACAN) held its second annual hui for local government practitioners on 22 and 23 September 2022. The event brought together adaptation practitioners from around the country to share successes, identify challenges, and drive the adaptation discussion in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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5:07 PM, 4 October 2022

Productivity Commission releases report on disadvantage

The New Zealand Productivity Commission Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa has released its interim report 'A fair chance for all' which examines the issue of persistent disadvantage in Aotearoa New Zealand as well as how we can address it.

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3:42 PM, 4 October 2022

What is the wildfire risk for your Council?

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has a responsibility to protect communities from the risk of wildfire. However, this cannot be achieved alone, and so it is actively engaging, collaborating and partnering with local authorities and stakeholders to ensure that the risk of wildfire, its potential causes and its mitigations are well understood.

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9:49 AM, 4 October 2022

Our Chief Executive Karen Thomas reports back from the ICMA Conference

There were six New Zealanders at this year’s ICMA Annual Conference - President Sanchia Jacobs and myself, International Exchange Programme Manager (IMEP) Jason Marris, Emerging Leaders of the Year Natasha Stubbing and Shyamal Ram, and ICMA member Cameron McIntosh. Taking place in Columbus, Ohio from 16-19 September 2022, the Conference was smaller than previous ones I have attended, but still had the buzz that 4,000 people coming together in one place for a few days to discuss their work and their communities with passion and commitment can generate.

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12:00 AM, 4 October 2022

Have your say on freedom camping

Last month the Government introduced the Self-Contained Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill to Parliament. This proposed legislation aims to ensure sustainability and consideration for communities with respect to those staying overnight on council-managed land. The closing date for submissions is 13 October 2022.

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4:34 PM, 21 September 2022

Pacific Wellbeing Strategy revealed

The Government has launched a Pacific Wellbeing Strategy which aims to improve wellbeing outcomes for Pacific peoples by strengthening partnerships with Pacific communities.

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11:35 AM, 21 September 2022

Protecting our most fertile agricultural land

The new National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) will take effect on 17 October 2022. It aims to protect highly productive land for land-based primary production (e.g. growing vegetables, fruit, farming and other food, forestry and fibre) and to prevent its use for lifestyle or urban development such as housing (except in very limited circumstances).

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9:43 AM, 20 September 2022

Building Code submission

Last week, Taituarā made a submission on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Review of the Building Consent System.

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4:31 PM, 7 September 2022

Doing Aotearoa New Zealand proud in Australia

We're proud to report that Napier City Council's team 'The Veronica Bells' recently competed in the Australasian Management Challenge in South Australia.

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12:56 AM, 6 September 2022