Taituarā members recognised for long service

Thirty-one Taituarā members have been recognised for their long service to the local government sector at the Taituarā 2021 Annual General Meeting. With service periods ranging from 20 years all the way up to a whopping 50 years by Steve Paterson of Palmerston North City Council, these members have all made enormous contributions to their communities. We congratulate and thank them for their work.

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10:23 AM, 22 September 2021

Libraries partnership

In July 2021, the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP) funding package was announced to retain and support librarians and library services so they can further help community recovery from COVID-19. Since its inception the programme has committed to fund and support over 180 people in public library roles across the motu and ensure free and easy access to the internet and library digital services.

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12:45 AM, 22 September 2021

Phil Wilson made a Taituarā Life Member

Phil Wilson recently stepped down after ten years on the Taituarā Executive, with the last four years as President. Taituarā has recognised his very considerable contributions to our organisation by making him a Life Member at the recent Taituarā 2021 Annual General Meeting. Thank you Phil for your unswerving support, energy, and dedication to our work in local government.

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12:09 AM, 22 September 2021

Accounting for SaaS arrangements

Digital transformation is a priority within local government and this has driven an exponential increase in the use of cloud computing technology like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). However, recent decisions by the IFRS Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) on the accounting for SaaS arrangements has caused many organisations to re-evaluate their accounting. Clive Brodie, Director of PwC New Zealand, provides advice for accountants on configuration and customisation expenditure.

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2:34 PM, 8 September 2021

The Government’s waste reduction work programme

The way we create and manage waste in Aotearoa New Zealand is not sustainable. Most of the materials we use are disposed of to landfill, and our rate of disposal is increasing. These practices have contributed to making Aotearoa one of the highest generators of waste per person in the OECD.

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12:31 AM, 8 September 2021

Consultation on Māori Electoral Option

Taituarā recently made a submission aimed at improving the democratic options of enrolled voters of Māori descent.

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4:07 PM, 25 August 2021

COVID-19 guidance and support

The COVID-19 Local Government Response Unit was reactivated last week and, in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), we are releasing daily guidance and advice to support the sector through the recent COVID-19 outbreak and the associated Alert Levels – for both immediate challenges, and supporting evolving challenges. We also collate guidance from central government and other agencies. We meet twice daily, seven days a week to stay on top of the issues and release the '5.15' later in the day.

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2:52 PM, 25 August 2021

Three waters: Local Authority Indicative Financial Impact Tool

In support of the Three Waters Reform process, the Department of Internal Affairs has developed a high-level financial impact tool to give individual councils an indication of how the proposed transfer of water-related debt, assets and revenues may affect their financial position, credit ratings and/or financial covenants.

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12:05 AM, 20 August 2021

Inaugural Taituarā showcase tour – Hastings housing on show

Last week more than 65 local government, central government, and iwi representatives gathered in Hastings for the inaugural Taituarā showcase tour – this time to learn about the Hastings Place Based Housing Plan.

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4:41 PM, 19 August 2021

Climate change – a problem for now, not the future

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just released its Sixth Assessment Report on climate change. It is now clear that major changes to our planet are already unfolding now, rather than likely to start happening later in the century. What we as human beings choose to do now will determine how 'normal' our lives remain and, frankly, how many people will die prematurely due to climate change-related impacts. However, the report makes it clear that we can still avert large-scale collapse of ecosystems and human societies. In this article we look at what this means from a local government perspective.

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9:01 AM, 11 August 2021

Three waters Model Report available

Last month the Government announced a $2.5 billion package to support councils as part of the three waters reform programme. The Model Report has been released and is available in this article.

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12:45 AM, 10 August 2021

Reflections on Resource Management Reform at the Environmental Defence Society Conference

Our Senior Advisor, Grace Hall, recently attended the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) Conference in Ōtautahi Christchurch. The theme Transforming Aotearoa, was focused on the Government’s environmental reform agenda.

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11:32 AM, 9 August 2021

Submission on the exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Act

Taituarā has recently submitted on the exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA). The NBA will be the main replacement of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The exposure draft sets out some, but not all the clauses that will be contained in the full Bill.

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11:03 AM, 9 August 2021

Accounting challenges in construction and infrastructure

Infrastructure such as utilities (e.g. water), transportation (e.g. roads and airports) and social infrastructure (e.g. affordable and social housing) play a direct role in supporting economic growth, enabling development and creating jobs and in addressing the challenges of growing populations and climate change writes Mariann Trieber, Director of PwC New Zealand.

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10:24 AM, 9 August 2021

New service launched to support local government leadership

Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa in partnership with Tūhura Partners, has launched a new service to provide executive support to local government leaders. Hei Taituarā is a niche service focused on mentoring, rapid response, interim executive placement and supporting leaders to prepare for upcoming reform programmes.

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10:41 AM, 12 July 2021

Kirsten McLennan wins AskYourTeam Emerging HR Professional Prize

Queenstown Lakes District Council HR Advisor, Kirsten McLennan, is the recipient of the inaugural AskYourTeam Emerging HR Professional Prize.

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9:02 AM, 12 July 2021

Taituarā supporting local government library services

Taituarā is a recipient of a New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP) Strategic Partnership Grant from Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa | the National Library of New Zealand to retain and support local government library services to help further community recovery from COVID-19.

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4:09 PM, 6 July 2021

Natural and Built Environments Act exposure draft

On Tuesday 29 June 2021 the Government released the exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA). The NBA will be the main replacement for the Resource Management Act once enacted and is central to the reform of the resource management system.

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4:47 PM, 30 June 2021

Enter your tip-top consultation document into the 2021 Taituarā Great CD Competition

Councils use consultation documents as tools to help make fairer and more effective decisions for the communities they represent. The 2021 Taituarā Great CD competition is now underway - this is not only an opportunity for one of your top consultation documents to be recognised, but also a chance to learn from the best-practice going on in other councils across Aotearoa New Zealand.

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4:39 PM, 29 June 2021

He Whenua Taurikura - a country at peace

Aotearoa New Zealand's annual hui on countering terrorism and violent extremism recently took place in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Susan Haniel, our Senior Advisor, Sector Improvement attended the hui and reports back on key points discussed during the two-day meeting as well as future directions for work that came out of the gathering.

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4:39 PM, 18 June 2021

Central and local government collaboration key to meeting Climate Change Commission’s goals

Aotearoa New Zealand is getting hotter year by year. More and more drought, flooding and extreme weather events are already being driven by climate change. We know we need to act now. In the Climate Change Commission’s final advice to the Government, joint action by central and local government is highlighted as being pivotal to achieving emissions targets and doing so in an equitable way.

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2:30 PM, 17 June 2021

Predator Free 2050 on track

It’s five years since the hugely ambitious Predator Free 2050 goal was established. Councils across the country have been instrumental in implementing and coordinating programmes to help their communities achieve this exciting though formidable objective. A recently released report shows what has been achieved and what challenges remain.

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5:37 PM, 16 June 2021

The arts and well-being in Aotearoa New Zealand

Creative New Zealand has recently released the findings of its 2020 New Zealanders and the Arts - Ko Aotearoa me ōna Toi research. Many councils contribute resources into the arts for the benefit of their communities and this new research indicates how much New Zealanders value this investment.

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2:17 PM, 16 June 2021

Whenua Māori rating law addresses a century of disadvantage

A new law coming into effect next month modernises Māori land rating laws that have been largely untouched for almost 100 years, signalling a major shift in the local government approach to rating Māori freehold land and encouraging housing and other development initiatives.

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1:32 PM, 14 June 2021

Taituarā Resource Management Reform Reference Group appointed

Taituarā is pleased to announce that it has now appointed its Resource Management Reform Reference Group (RMRG). The purpose of the RMRG is to help Taituarā identify and advise on issues with the package of reform proposals that have potential to impact significantly on local authorities, and in particular their ability to operationalise the three new pieces of legislation that are proposed to replace the Resource Management Act 1991: the Natural and Built Environments Act, the Spatial Planning Act, and the Climate Change Adaptation Act.

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10:13 AM, 14 June 2021