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

CERT NZ: your one-stop shop for cybersecurity advice

A far-sighted RNZ article in March 2021 suggested that there is good protection from hacking at central government level, though local councils, DHBs and medium scale businesses are at greater risk. As Waikato DHB now recovers from Aotearoa New Zealand's biggest-ever cyber attack, we suggest all councils and their staff become familiar with CERT NZ, our official first port-of-call for cybersecurity prevention and response.

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1:59 PM, 31 May 2021

AskYourTeam 2021 Emerging HR Professional Prize

Applications are now open for a prize recognising innovation and excellence in human resources within the local government sector. This will be presented during our upcoming Strategic HR Forum.

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10:43 AM, 28 May 2021

Infrastructure for the Future

New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit, and how we can better plan for the future have recently become some pretty hot topics. To help address this Taituarā is holding an ‘Infrastructure for the Future Forum’ on 24 June 2021. This is timely given Te Waihanga | The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission is currently consulting on a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy for New Zealand.

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4:31 PM, 19 May 2021

DHB Reforms and Local Elections

Last month the Government announced that the country's 20 DHBs will be merged into one national health service and a Māori Health Authority established. This is of particular interest to the local government sector given that DHB elections are currently run concurrently with local body elections.

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11:29 AM, 19 May 2021

Natural and Built Environments Act exposure draft: out for consultation soon

The Government’s reform of the resource management system is continuing to progress apace. The ‘first cab off the rank’ is an Exposure Draft of the Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA) – the core piece of legislation to replace the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

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12:29 AM, 19 May 2021

Contributing to the Resource Management Act reform process

At Taituarā we are committed to ensuring the very best outcomes from the reform of Aotearoa's 30-year-old Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Although the RMA is a key driver of much that happens in local government and our communities, it is urgently in need of a major overhaul to enable our nation to address new challenges going forward. Ways to contribute to this enormously important and wide-reaching programme of reform include joining our Resource Management Reform Reference Group (RMRG) as well as engaging through a dedicated Discussion Group.

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4:24 PM, 18 May 2021

Sharing of national death information with local authorities

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is currently consulting on a proposal to share death information with local authorities. Currently there is no automatic means that enables councils to know when a resident has died, and so it could be as haphazard as council staff checking the death notices in the local newspaper. Ultimately, the aim of this proposal is to make things a little easier for bereaved families by offering a joined-up government-wide approach.

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3:04 PM, 14 May 2021

2021 Gala Dinner

Last week more than 300 guests representing councils from across Aotearoa spent an evening celebrating the innovation and excellence taking place in councils from Cape Reinga to the Bluff. This included the presentation of the 2021 LGFA Local Government Excellence Awards.

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12:25 AM, 10 May 2021

Central Hawke’s Bay Manager receives prestigious leadership award

Central Hawke’s Bay Council’s Director, Darren de Klerk, is the recipient of the hotly contested Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa 2021 Emerging Leader of the Year Award.

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1:08 PM, 6 May 2021

Congratulations Western Bay of Plenty District Council – winner of coveted LGFA Supreme Award

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has won the coveted LGFA Supreme Award as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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11:57 AM, 6 May 2021

Wairoa District Council Manager, Simon Mutonhori wins overseas professional development opportunity.

Wairoa District Council Manager, Simon Mutonhori, has been awarded an overseas professional development opportunity in the United States by Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa at a Gala Dinner in Wellington tonight.

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11:56 AM, 6 May 2021

Datacom Award for Transforming Service Delivery goes to Selwyn District Council

Selwyn District Council’s customer service transformation project has been awarded the Datacom Award for Transforming Service Delivery as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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11:55 AM, 6 May 2021

Waikato Regional Council takes Buddle Findlay Award for Bicultural Leadership

A Waikato Regional Council landmark transfer of services project has been awarded the Buddle Findlay Award for Bicultural Leadership as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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11:46 AM, 6 May 2021

Whangārei District Council wins Capability Group Award for Excellence in Organisation and People Development

Whangārei District Council’s organisational strategy has been awarded the Capability Group Award for Excellence in Organisation and People Development as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner in Wellington tonight.

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11:13 AM, 6 May 2021

Far North District Council winner of MartinJenkins Award for Better Policy and Regulation

The Far North District Council’s strategy to find solutions to address the district’s digital divide has been awarded the MartinJenkins Award for Better Policy and Regulation as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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12:35 AM, 6 May 2021

Hasting District Council gains BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action for innovative housing project

An innovative Hasting District Council housing project has been awarded the BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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12:23 AM, 6 May 2021

Double success for Kaipara District Council

It is a double celebration for Kaipara District Council today with the announcement that two local government leaders will head overseas for professional development opportunities, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington.

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12:12 AM, 6 May 2021

Otago Regional Council takes out the NZ leg of the Management Challenge

A team from Otago Regional Council has won the New Zealand leg of the JLT Management Challenge and will go on to compete in the Australian final later in the year.

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12:05 AM, 6 May 2021

Green corridor project wins Eke Panuku Development Auckland the GHD Award for Environmental Leadership

Eke Panuku Development Auckland’s green corridor project has been awarded the GHD Award for Environmental Leadership as part of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards, presented at a Gala Dinner event in Wellington tonight.

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12:00 AM, 6 May 2021

Taituarā welcomes a new Executive Committee

We are delighted to advise you that Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa has new members in its Executive Committee, starting 1 July 2021. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude for the fantastic mahi that three departing members have contributed to our organisation over the past three years.

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7:56 PM, 28 April 2021

The Emissions Trading Scheme and local government

In June 2020, our Government made changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). These changes have introduced auctions and removed price certainty for New Zealand Units (NZUs) within the ETS and have been stated to be an important step in New Zealand moving towards meeting the carbon targets it has set for itself, both domestically and internationally. In this article Brett Johanson and Melanie Craxton from PwC explain how the ETS now works and how councils with surrender obligations can operate under the new rules and structure, outlining key risks and how they can be mitigated.

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6:36 PM, 28 April 2021