Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou

Our office will be closed from Thursday 23 December 2021 and will reopen on Monday 10 January 2022. Our team wishes you warm wishes for the Christmas and New Year period and looks forward to working with you again in 2022.

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3:30 PM, 2 December 2021

Changes to freedom camping on the way

Change is on the horizon for rules in relation to freedom camping in vehicles on land managed by local authorities.

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9:41 AM, 1 December 2021

Taituarā Great CD Competition winners announced

Fifty-six councils entered this year's Taituarā Great CD Competition. The quality of this year's entries was very high. Congratulations to the winner Waipā District Council as well as to Central Hawke’s Bay District Council which was highly commended. We hope all councils will be able to learn from these winning entries as well as the other finalists' Consultation Documents which will shortly be available on our LGSectorGoodToolkit.

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11:47 AM, 22 November 2021

Library general managers: we would love to hear from you

Taituarā and Public Libraries New Zealand (PLNZ) are looking for general managers responsible for their council's library (or libraries) and who are willing to take a short survey. This will allow us to establish, and later build upon, the unique role libraries play in promoting community well-being across Aotearoa New Zealand.

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12:42 AM, 18 November 2021

Bill aims to increase transparency within local government

A member’s bill that would require local body politicians to declare potential conflicts of interest is currently open for public consultation. The Local Government (Pecuniary Interests Register) Amendment Bill aims to apply similar levels of transparency to local government elected officials as is already required of Members of Parliament.

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5:54 PM, 16 November 2021

New decision-making framework for earthquake-prone council buildings

Councils across Aotearoa New Zealand face difficult decisions regarding their earthquake-prone buildings. In response to this issue a recommended decision-making framework, which will help council staff make choices more confidently and robustly, has been released by BRANZ.

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3:11 PM, 16 November 2021

COVID-19 related commercial leasing provisions pass into law

The Government has signed the ability for tenants of commercial properties to negotiate some rent relief from their landlords into law. This applies if they have have been unable to fully conduct their business at leased premises due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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10:48 AM, 16 November 2021

Top 10 selected in Taituarā Great Consultation Documents Competition

Ten Long-term Plan consultation documents have been selected as finalists from amongst a record 56 entries in the 2021 Taituarā Great Consultation Documents (CD) Competition. Congratulations to all submitters – we’ve been overwhelmed by the overall high quality of the Plans shared this year.

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2:44 PM, 15 November 2021

Waste strategy: moving towards a circular economy

The Ministry for the Environment is now consulting on Te kawe i te haepapa para / Taking responsibility for our waste. It contains proposals for a new waste strategy and issues and options for new waste legislation. Taituarā is currently preparing a submission on this proposed legislation.

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11:20 AM, 3 November 2021

Doing our bit to reduce global warming

As the planet continues to warm, extreme weather events and a changing climate are increasingly threatening lives and livelihoods. International cooperation through COP26 aims to address this, and this is being translated into action here in Aotearoa New Zealand through a newly announced emissions reduction target as well as the currently open public consultation on how to achieve this.

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10:32 AM, 3 November 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations and risk assessments

Vaccinations are a hot topic. The media is dominated by headlines on vaccination rates, the government’s goal of 90 per cent vaccination of the eligible population, vaccination certificates, Public Health Response Orders mandating vaccination for certain categories of workers, and businesses mandating vaccination or implementing 'no jab, no entry' policies. With this messaging, it is little surprise that employers are starting to consider whether they can, and if so should, mandate vaccinations in their own workplace.

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4:02 PM, 2 November 2021

The Future for Local Government – seizing the opportunity

A month on from the release of Ārewa ake te Kaupapa – Raising the Platform, we are gearing up for a great conversation with the Future for Local Government Review Panel at our conference taking place from 6-7 December 2021 titled 2050: Embracing the Challenge Creating the Future. We look forward to you joining us and exploring what it will take to create the conditions for community well-being. In this article we look at the opportunities we will discuss in December and beyond.

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11:53 AM, 2 November 2021

More reo in public spaces

Aotearoa Reorua is a programme that aims to increase the use of te reo Māori in public places, as well as enhance relationships between iwi and local government. Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Local Government, will shortly meet with pilot centres to celebrate the soft launch of the programme.

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10:15 AM, 2 November 2021

Taituarā Executive Board welcomes certainty created by Three Waters decision

Today the Minister of Local Government announced the future direction for the Three Waters service delivery component of the Three Waters Reform Programme – to introduce legislation to create four publicly-owned water entities.

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11:44 AM, 27 October 2021

Consultation on Emissions Reduction Plan

The Ministry for the Environment has launched a consultation titled ‘Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future’ to hear New Zealanders’ views on what should be included in the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan. The scope of this proposed Plan is enormous – we can expect its implementation to have profound effects on the way Kiwis live, work, and get around Aotearoa New Zealand.

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1:46 PM, 20 October 2021

Managing local businesses' licences and permits from across government in one place

Business Connect is an online platform where businesses can manage their licences and permits from across government in one place. The platform is centrally-funded and free for councils to use with their local businesses. This platform is initially focussed on the hospitality sector because it’s an industry with above average regulatory requirements and has been heavily impacted by the pandemic over the last couple of years.

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11:15 AM, 20 October 2021

Draft Infrastructure Strategy released

The Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga has just released its Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy. This was developed following consideration of submissions received during their public consultation as well as stakeholder engagement, international and domestic research, and the results from the online Aotearoa 2050 survey.

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12:31 AM, 20 October 2021

Taxation Bill - what does it mean for local government?

In September 2021, the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2021-22, GST, and Remedial Matters) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill contains a number of income tax changes targeted at local authorities, and some changes to the GST regime. In addition, Inland Revenue has placed renewed focus on Tax Governance. In this article, Phil Fisher from PwC New Zealand summarises the proposed developments.

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11:54 AM, 18 October 2021

‘Super Saturday’ nationwide vaccination drive

Saturday 16 October 2021, or 'Super Saturday', is planned as a day when all Kiwis can go and get vaccinated throughout the day. Civic and political leaders are asked to contribute to this big effort to get people in their communities out to be vaccinated on this day.

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5:01 PM, 15 October 2021

Taituarā welcomes the Future for Local Government Panel interim report

Taituarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa welcomes the insightful and comprehensive analysis from The Future for Local Government Review Panel, shaping the work it will undertake over the next twelve months.

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4:27 PM, 7 October 2021

Latest COVID-19 vaccination resources

The Ministry of Health has asked us to share the following resources to help local government play its part in keeping all New Zealanders safe by getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

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4:43 PM, 5 October 2021

Updates on climate change work at the Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry for the Environment is working on an array of climate change adaptation-related plans, legislation and guidelines which have direct relevance to local government. We outline some important developments.

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12:05 AM, 5 October 2021

Council well-being: survey results released

Local government professionals surveyed across Aotearoa New Zealand have told us where their councils are succeeding in health, safety and well-being, and where work needs to be done. Significant areas of reform such as Three Waters, RMA, and the Future for Local Government have not influenced priorities so far, but there's a consensus that they will shape priorities going forward.

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9:45 AM, 1 October 2021

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