Education a key feature of environmental leadership entrants

Public education is a common theme of this year’s entries in the GHD Advisory Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership.

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9:16 AM, 22 April 2024

New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions reduce – but room for some sectors to do more

The Ministry of the Environment has today released the 1990-2022 New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Snapshot.

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3:51 PM, 18 April 2024

Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ release their latest environmental report

Our Land 2024 provides the insights into the impact on our environment if we continue with current practices. Our response is provided here.

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10:33 AM, 10 April 2024

Fourteen enter DIA Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

Fourteen local authorities have submitted entries for the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, making this the largest category in this year’s LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards® and the second highest level of entry ever received in an individual category.

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9:53 AM, 8 April 2024

Starting pistol sounds on Local Water Done Well 

The Minister of Local Government has made public announcements about the first steps of the rollout of the Local Water Done Well programme of reforms.

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9:44 AM, 8 April 2024

Building waste management capability in the Pacific

Auckland Council waste management specialists have spent time with colleagues in Tonga as part of the Pacific Technical Assistance programme (PacificTA).

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11:21 AM, 20 March 2024

How might Councils collaborate on Water Services?

While we wait to see the detail of Local Water Done Well, we know the next set of reforms will include the ability for councils to shift delivery of water services into new configurations, including streamlined Council Controlled Organisations.

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11:02 AM, 19 March 2024

Entries are now open for the 2024 Diversity Awards NZ™ programme

Now is your chance to showcase the amazing work your organisation is doing to increase diversity, equity and inclusion within your workplace and put people at the core of what you do.

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10:43 AM, 19 March 2024

The building system is not fundamentally broken and new BRANZ levy arrangements

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released a summary of the feedback it received last year on its review of the building consent system. You can access it here.

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10:36 AM, 19 March 2024

Record Entries into the LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards®

A record of 54 entries have been received in the 2024 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards®. The previous record was 45 in the 2018 competition.

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10:17 AM, 19 March 2024

Fast track consenting - we want your input

Further to our update, the Fast-track Approvals Bill was introduced into the House on the 7 March. As anticipated the Bill’s purpose focuses on ‘the delivery of infrastructure and development projects with significant regional or national benefits’.

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2:10 PM, 13 March 2024

Draft Government Policy Statement on land transport - we want your input

The Draft Government Policy Statement on land transport 2024-34 (GPS) is out for consultation until 2 April 2024.

There is a significant shift in priorities signalled in this GPS. The emphasis is on economic and productivity growth, rather than a range of well-being outcomes. This means, for example, that support for active and public transport and reducing climate emissions are no longer priorities.

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9:41 AM, 13 March 2024

Influencing the shape of the Government’s Fast Track Consenting Bill

The Fast track Consenting Bill is being developed at pace as part of the Government’s 100-day plan and we expect to see the Bill introduced into the House on or before 7 March 2024.

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1:59 PM, 26 February 2024

Preparations for the Resource Management Act replacement legislation

The Government has signaled that it will embark on replacing the current RMA with new legislation. We've working with planning managers and the Ministry for the Environment to gather feedback to advocate through the next phase of the reform process.

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4:20 PM, 22 February 2024

Analysis of Local Water Done Well annoucement

The Government has announced the process and timetable for the implementation of the Local Water Done Well programme. Read our analysis below.

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12:36 PM, 15 February 2024

Making AI work in the workplace

Malcolm Foo, Executive Director at PwC New Zealand discusses the opportunities and benefits of AI for councils.

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4:54 PM, 11 December 2023

Highlights from thrive | kia tōnui ai, the 2023 Taituarā Conference

More than 250 delegates gathered at Toitoi in Hastings in late November for thrive | kia tōnui ai, the Taituarā Conference.

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9:25 AM, 5 December 2023

Managing for the Big Issues

In early December 2023 we provided a Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Local Government, Hon Simeon Brown, Managing for the Big Issues.

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11:39 AM, 4 December 2023

Navigating Treaty settlement obligations with Te Haeata

Te Haeata is a searchable record of Treaty of Waitangi settlement commitments designed to support organisations to manage their Treaty settlement commitments.

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1:25 PM, 17 November 2023

Advocating for play, active recreation, and sport

Local government has a unique and critical role in the play, active recreation, and sport ecosystem, providing vital community assets that are part of the fabric of our communities along with grants and opportunities that support local communities to participate in play, active recreation, and sport.

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12:10 PM, 17 November 2023

Taituarā welcomes new Chief Executive

We are excited this week to welcome Suzanne Boyd, our new Chief Executive to the Taituarā team. Time has flown by since her appointment was announced in August, and we are thrilled to have her onboard to get started in the role, to meet the team, and to start connecting with our members and partners.

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12:08 PM, 17 November 2023

Strategic treasury management in uncertain times

The only thing for certain is change, so how can finance managers best position their Council to make the most informed decisions today? How can Councils retain the flexibility to adjust their treasury risk position as the uncertainty of the future state unfolds?

In this article, Brett Johanson from PwC New Zealand summarises the key considerations for building a strategy that will see treasury teams through all manner of financial and economic conditions.

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1:11 PM, 9 November 2023