Big moves in the transport space

Transport Minister Hon Michael Wood has announced huge changes to how local authorities provide transport systems over the past couple of weeks.

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4:51 PM, 15 August 2022

Jewel in the crown for Hastings performing arts and cultural scene now open

We would like to congratulate our colleagues at Hastings District Council who recently opened their stunningly renovated Municipal Building. This will be a boon for the performing arts scene in Heretaunga Hastings, and a focal point for community events in the region.

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9:50 AM, 11 August 2022

Changes in the Taituarā Executive Board

We farewell Simon Markham as a member of the Taituarā Executive shortly, and welcome Nikki Harrison and Barbara McKerrow to the Board. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Simon for his sage guidance as well as the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to the role over the course of a decade.

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12:42 AM, 11 August 2022

Reshaping Streets

The Government has proposed new 'Reshaping Streets' legislation to make it easier for councils to transform streets by so that they can be better places for active forms of travel, better support public transport, and enable improved urban spaces.

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10:15 AM, 10 August 2022

Resource management reform at the Waitangi Tribunal

Last week an urgent hearing of the Waitangi Tribunal was held regarding the upcoming reforms to the resource management system. The hearing focused on the appointment process proposed for regional planning committees under the new Natural and Built Environments Bill.

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9:22 AM, 10 August 2022

First National Adaptation Plan released

The Government has released the released the much-anticipated National Adaptation Plan. This presents the most comprehensive direction on adaptation planning in New Zealand’s history.

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4:21 PM, 9 August 2022

Preparing for the 2022 Management Challenge with some supportive rivalry

We're hugely proud to share some insight into the intra-council Kiwi cooperation in aid of securing a win for Aotearoa New Zealand in the upcoming Australasian Management Challenge. Tauranga City Council and Napier City Council superstars battled it out with some healthy and supportive rivalry in preparation for the big day in Adelaide.

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10:36 AM, 8 August 2022

Review of the building consent system

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is asking for feedback on issues with the current building consent system as part of their end-to-end review of the building consent system.

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1:23 PM, 25 July 2022

Five key ways to de-risk your infrastructure project

In the next three to five years a wealth of infrastructure activity is planned in Aotearoa New Zealand with approximately $64 billion worth of projects in the pipeline. Te Waihanga, New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, has recently outlined a 30-year infrastructure strategy with the pipeline anticipated to grow by $140 billion by 2052. PwC reports on key ways to minimise risk in your infrastructure project.

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11:00 AM, 25 July 2022

Proposed staff transition guidelines for three waters released

The National Transition Unit has released its proposed guidelines and supporting material for staff transferring to the new three waters entities for feedback by 11.59 pm on Monday 22 August 2022.

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12:46 AM, 25 July 2022

Future for Local Government update

The consultation period on the Future for Local Government Review Panel's draft report has been extended. We would also like to share the Taituarā Board 'position overview' in this update.

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11:23 AM, 13 July 2022

Talk It Up - a first for New Zealand local government

Local government communications and community engagement practitioners from across Aotearoa New Zealand recently met in Hamilton for 'Talk It Up – Unleashing the Future for Local Government'. Sonia Gerken, one of the event's four organisers, reports on what took place during the day.

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9:55 AM, 12 July 2022

Stepping up to support staff wellbeing

Taituarā is pleased to be partnering with AskYourTeam to launch an annual health, safety and wellbeing survey to enable Councils to measure staff wellbeing. For the first time, a sector-wide snapshot on the wellbeing of the local government workforce will be generated through the collective insights the high-level data will provide.

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10:03 AM, 28 June 2022

A lot still to do on water reforms

“The introduction of the Water Services Entities Bill marks the mid-point of the three waters journey” says Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor of Taituarā. “This includes improvements to the current Bill and the development of the second Bill slated for introduction towards the end of September”.

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12:11 AM, 28 June 2022

Putting integrity at the core of how public organisations operate

The Office of the Controller and Auditor-General has just released an integrity framework for the public sector aimed at supporting senior leaders and those in governance roles to deliver on their stewardship responsibility to support the integrity of New Zealand’s public sector.

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2:34 PM, 27 June 2022

Climate Change Forum energises and inspires

We held our annual Taituarā Climate Change Forum from 16-21 June 2022. It was an informative and inspiring event showcasing developments in climate action from central government and academics as well as case studies from Councils around the country.

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11:38 AM, 27 June 2022

Taituarā Future for Local Government review feedback

We would like to update you on the work Taituarā has been doing to help prepare our sector for the Future for Local Government review programme. This includes feedback from our workshops earlier this year, plus the latest from our Democracy and Participation Reference Group (DPRG) hui.

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9:55 AM, 14 June 2022

Sporting and recreation facilities strategy development coming up

We would like to make the local government sector aware that Sport New Zealand is commissioning 'National Facility Strategies' for the future provision of aquatic and indoor sport and active recreation facilities, building on those developed in 2013.

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3:32 PM, 13 June 2022

Updating protections for indigenous biodiversity

The Ministry for the Environment has just released an exposure draft of the National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity. It is a key plank of the Government's response to biodiversity decline and aims to protect, maintain, and restore our indigenous biodiversity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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11:16 AM, 10 June 2022

2022 Building Code update

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has begun its 2022 update of the Building Code. Areas of change include plumbing and drainage, structural stability, and fire protection.

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10:54 AM, 10 June 2022

Key takeaways from the Rural Supplies Technical Working Group's report into rural drinking water supplies

The Rural Supplies Technical Working Group recently released its Report into rural drinking water supplies. This is relevant specifically to those councils with rural drinking water and mixed-use supplies in their rohe. In this article our Chief Executive Karen Thomas outlines key takeaways from the Report and shares thoughts on future directions for this work.

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10:45 AM, 1 June 2022

2022 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards winners announced

We announced the winners of the 2022 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards in an online ceremony yesterday. The AskYourTeam Emerging Leader of the Year Award, the winners and runners up of the NZ Leg of the JLT Australasian Management Challenge, as well as the Supreme Winner were also revealed.

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12:29 AM, 26 May 2022

Far North District Council takes top spot in the 2022 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards

We are delighted to announce that Far North District Council has won The 2022 LGFA Supreme Award for its Te Hiku o te Ika Revitalisation Project.

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4:33 PM, 25 May 2022

Napier City Council champion of NZ Leg of the JLT Australasian Management Challenge

Napier City Council's team 'The Veronica Bells' has ranked first in the NZ Leg of the JLT Australasian Management Challenge. The Management Challenge is a simulation-based team building, learning and networking program using real local government themes – the types of issues that a senior management team in a council would most likely face.

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4:25 PM, 25 May 2022

Two winners for this year's AskYourTeam Emerging Leader of the Year Award

Two exceptional local government professionals, Natasha Stubbing and Shyamal Ram are this year's winners of the The AskYourTeam Emerging Leader of the Year Award.

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4:15 PM, 25 May 2022