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New Performance Training Centre to open in Rotorua
New Performance Training Centre to open in Rotorua
17 September 2018
A new specialised facility in Rotorua will enable local athletes to remain in the city to advance their physical performance.   Bay...
Working with Pacific people
Working with Pacific people
17 September 2018
In line with MSD’s 2018 – 2022 Statement of Intent and its commitment to helping New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent,...
WANTED: COMMUNITY CIVIL DEFENCE CHAMPIONS
WANTED: COMMUNITY CIVIL DEFENCE CHAMPIONS
13 September 2018
Champions to help in a crisis are the pieces of gold being sought in Western Bay communities by newly appointed Emergency Management and Community...
WBOP Community Groups Gain Through Community Match Fund
WBOP Community Groups Gain Through Community Match Fund
13 September 2018
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has announced $100,000 of funding for 27 community groups across the District.​   The...
Collaboration Drives Success
Collaboration Drives Success
12 September 2018
Collaboration between the community and Rotorua Lakes Council has been heralded as the reason the district has secured nearly $500k for tourism...
Tauranga has best quality of life, apart from the traffic
Tauranga has best quality of life, apart from the traffic
12 September 2018
Tauranga residents are more satisfied about their quality of life than residents of other cities, but we’re also more frustrated about...
LGNZ work reveals billions at risk from sea level rise
LGNZ work reveals billions at risk from sea level rise
7 September 2018
New Zealand’s local government sector stands on the front line in the fight against climate change, according to the initial findings of a...
Symposium explores challenges and opportunities of climate change
Symposium explores challenges and opportunities of climate change
5 September 2018
Attendees at LGNZ’s Climate Change Symposium in Wellington on Friday 7 September will discuss the challenges and opportunities of climate...
Discussion document on healthy homes standards released
Discussion document on healthy homes standards released
4 September 2018
The Minister of Housing and Urban Development has today released a discussion document on proposed standards to create warmer, drier rental homes...
A long-term approach recognised to transition to a low-emissions economy
A long-term approach recognised to transition to a low-emissions economy
4 September 2018
The Productivity Commission's final report reflects Local Government New Zealand's submission that good quality compact urban form,...
Have Your Say on Trade for All
Have Your Say on Trade for All
31 August 2018
Last week Trade for All consultations were launched by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and David Parker (Minister for Trade and Export...
Priority 1 August 2018 Newsletter
Priority 1 August 2018 Newsletter
30 August 2018
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during August...
Schools in Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay to benefit from 73m for major redevelopment
Schools in Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay to benefit from 73m for major redevelopment
30 August 2018
The Government is investing $73 million into building 39 new classrooms at schools in Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay, and into...
Taupo District 2050 growth strategy open for submissions
Taupo District 2050 growth strategy open for submissions
28 August 2018
​Feedback is being sought on the growth strategy Taupo District Council will use to help guide development across the district for the next 30...
Wananga underway on the future of Maori education
Wananga underway on the future of Maori education
28 August 2018
Following on from the Education Summit, a series of wānanga are being held from Kaitaia to Dunedin to help shape the future of Māori education,...
Government to make life better for renters
Government to make life better for renters
27 August 2018
The public is being asked for feedback on new Government proposals aimed at making life better for renters, Housing and Urban Development Minister...
Latest Infometrics update
Latest Infometrics update
24 August 2018
According to the latest Infometrics quarterly economic report, Rotorua’s economic momentum continues to support the district’s growth...
Collaborative approach to wharf redevelopment in Whakatane
Collaborative approach to wharf redevelopment in Whakatane
23 August 2018
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited and the Whakatāne District Council have formed a joint governance group to oversee...
ALL-DAY CELEBRATIONS MARK KATIKATI LIBRARY OPENING
ALL-DAY CELEBRATIONS MARK KATIKATI LIBRARY OPENING
23 August 2018
Katikati’s new $4.5 million library – The Centre – Pātuki Manawa – is open to the public following a day of opening...
Stopbank completion marks major milestone in flood-repair project
Stopbank completion marks major milestone in flood-repair project
22 August 2018
The completion last week of the new section of the College Road stopbank in Edgecumbe marks a major milestone in the Bay of Plenty Regional...
Funding received for freedom camping initiatives in Tauranga
Funding received for freedom camping initiatives in Tauranga
20 August 2018
Tauranga City Council is the successful recipient of a $150,000 government grant to improve freedom camping initiatives in Tauranga before the...
MSD trials work-readiness grant fund in Auckland
MSD trials work-readiness grant fund in Auckland
20 August 2018
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has established a grant fund – Ka Hao Tangata - to support smaller community-based organisations to...
Councils back the Government waste work programme
Councils back the Government waste work programme
20 August 2018
Local Government New Zealand are pleased to see a waste work programme announced today by the Associate Minister for the Environment will aim to...
Waste work programme to tackle tough problems
Waste work programme to tackle tough problems
19 August 2018
Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage has announced a programme of work to take action on New Zealand’s long-neglected waste...
Holistic approach to wellbeing indicators
Holistic approach to wellbeing indicators
17 August 2018
What does wellbeing mean to you as a kiwi? How do you think we should measure New Zealand’s wellbeing?   Stats NZ is developing...
Western Bay Council Recieves funding for freedom camping
Western Bay Council Recieves funding for freedom camping
16 August 2018
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has been granted $340,000 to help manage freedom camping over the coming summer.   Council...
Construction underway for Rotoiti and Rotoma lakes
Construction underway for Rotoiti and Rotoma lakes
16 August 2018
A sewerage scheme which aims to protect the environmental and cultural health of the lakes in Rotoiti and Rotomā is now being built for its...
Better national reporting needed to understand compliance approaches to dairying
Better national reporting needed to understand compliance approaches to dairying
16 August 2018
A Forest and Bird report released this week regarding Regional Council compliance, monitoring and enforcement (CME) of the dairy sector in 2016/17...
Boost for tourism infrastructure in hotspot regions
Boost for tourism infrastructure in hotspot regions
15 August 2018
Local Government New Zealand welcomes this morning’s announcement from the Government that $8.5 million in responsible camping...
An Emissions Trading Scheme fit for purpose
An Emissions Trading Scheme fit for purpose
13 August 2018
Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have today opened consultation on improvements to the Emissions Trading...
Local government welcome Government action on single-use plastic bags
Local government welcome Government action on single-use plastic bags
10 August 2018
  LGNZ welcome this morning’s announcement by the Government on action towards phasing out the use of single-use plastic...
New directions for Social Housing
New directions for Social Housing
10 August 2018
Over 60 people gathered to participate in a discussion with Housing NZ’s Regional Manager Darren Toy, General Manager Accessible Properties...
MAYORAL MENTORING REAPING REWARDS FOR CALE
MAYORAL MENTORING REAPING REWARDS FOR CALE
9 August 2018
Cale Borell, a rangatahi from Te Puna, is more determined than ever to achieve great things having begun a mentoring and leadership programme with...
Rotorua lakefront development concepts presented
Rotorua lakefront development concepts presented
9 August 2018
The concept design for Rotorua’s lakefront development features a curved 600m boardwalk that reflects the lake’s scalloped shoreline...
Plastic-Free July a success in Taupo
Plastic-Free July a success in Taupo
9 August 2018
Following a huge amount of effort and planning, Plastic-Free July in Taupo has been deemed a success.   With plenty of education...
Opotiki District Council staff take skills to Vanuatu
Opotiki District Council staff take skills to Vanuatu
9 August 2018
Two Opotiki District Council employees recently spent a week in Vanuatu building relationships, sharing skills and mentoring similar roles in...
Whakapaewaka Bridge opens for walking and cycling
Whakapaewaka Bridge opens for walking and cycling
8 August 2018
Whakapaewaka Bridge over the State Highway 29 Takitimu Drive Toll Road opened this week after a blessing and official opening on Wednesday, 8...
Rangatahi talk about suicide
Rangatahi talk about suicide
8 August 2018
The number of New Zealanders taking their own lives is continuing to rise, with men and Māori featuring well above the national...
Package of options needed to fund local tourism infrastructure
Package of options needed to fund local tourism infrastructure
7 August 2018
LGNZ President Dave Cull has at this morning’s Quarterly Media Briefing congratulated the government on recognising that tourists should...
Lets get the facts straight on waste
Lets get the facts straight on waste
7 August 2018
LGNZ President Dave Cull has backed a WasteMINZ report calling for investigation into the broadening and progressive increase of New...
Murupara Healthy Homes Project milestone
Murupara Healthy Homes Project milestone
6 August 2018
Murupara's Healthy Homes Project has reached another milestone, with Te Ika Whenua Hauora taking on the additional responsibility of seeking...
Tauranga Council seeking views on proposed special housing area
Tauranga Council seeking views on proposed special housing area
6 August 2018
Developer Bluehaven Holdings Limited has approached Tauranga City Council to consider a special housing area on a site Bluehaven owns along...
New walking and cycling bridge improves city connections for Tauranga
New walking and cycling bridge improves city connections for Tauranga
4 August 2018
Whakapaiwaka Bridge over the State Highway 29 Takitimu Drive Toll Road will open to the public on Wednesday, 8 August 2018, following a blessing...
Govt invests a further 3mill to tackle Eastern Bay of Plenty youth unemployment
Govt invests a further 3mill to tackle Eastern Bay of Plenty youth unemployment
3 August 2018
Minister of Employment Willie Jackson announced at today’s Bay of Connections annual forum a further $3.08 million investment to tackle...
Regional Councillor numbers to remain same
Regional Councillor numbers to remain same
3 August 2018
Bay of Plenty Regional Councillors voted yesterday to maintain the current representation structure as their final representation proposal for the...
Crankworx 2018 report
Crankworx 2018 report
2 August 2018
Rotorua Lakes Council staff are to undertake work with Mountain Bike Events Limited to identify a sustainable level of ongoing public investment...
Vessel Works new marine servicing hub for Tauranga
Vessel Works new marine servicing hub for Tauranga
2 August 2018
Today Tauranga City Council officially opened Vessel Works, the Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct at Sulphur...
Maihi Karauna sets Crown direction for language revitalisation
Maihi Karauna sets Crown direction for language revitalisation
2 August 2018
All New Zealanders are invited to give feedback on the Maihi Karauna - the Crown's draft strategy for Māori language revitalisation 2018...
Katikati celebrate the opening of a new centre Patuaki Manawa
Katikati celebrate the opening of a new centre Patuaki Manawa
30 July 2018
Locals are invited to come along to an afternoon of fun as Western Bay of Plenty District Council opens Katikati’s newest public facility,...
Rotorua CyWay July update
Rotorua CyWay July update
30 July 2018
Rotorua’s CyWay network will be looking more complete this summer with three projects nearly finished.   Contractors have been...
Opotiki District Council July Panui
Opotiki District Council July Panui
30 July 2018
With miles and miles of open sea, 160 kilometres of coastline, 13 clean, fast flowing rivers and 11,200 hectares of native bush and scrubland, the...
Priority 1 July 2018 Newsletter
Priority 1 July 2018 Newsletter
30 July 2018
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during July...
First electric vehicle added to Taupo District Council
First electric vehicle added to Taupo District Council
27 July 2018
A new electric vehic​le (EV) has been added to the Taupō District Council car pool fleet.    With a range of up to 230...
BOUNDARY ALTERATION UNDERWAY
BOUNDARY ALTERATION UNDERWAY
24 July 2018
Western Bay of Plenty District Council is preparing a proposal to alter the boundary between Tauranga City and Western Bay at Tauriko...
Multi-pronged approach to homelessness in Rotorua
Multi-pronged approach to homelessness in Rotorua
20 July 2018
A multi-pronged approach is underway to help Rotorua’s homeless and the Council continues to work with the Ministry of Social Development,...
Lakes developing draft model of care for mental health & addictions
Lakes developing draft model of care for mental health & addictions
20 July 2018
Lakes DHB has a draft new model of care for the mental health and addiction care provision across the Lakes district and is asking the community...
Whakatane renewable energy proposal received
Whakatane renewable energy proposal received
17 July 2018
A proposed renewable energy trial programme, prepared by Meridian Energy for the Whakatāne District Council, will be subject to a ‘due...
Rotorua Lakes Council takes top honours in LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards
Rotorua Lakes Council takes top honours in LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards
17 July 2018
Innovative Rotorua Lakes Council projects have won two out of six categories and shared the overall Judges’ Choice Award at the Local...
Bay of Connections July 2018 news update
Bay of Connections July 2018 news update
17 July 2018
Kia ora,   It has been a busy six months for Bay of Connections. Since the announcement of the Provincial Growth Fund earlier this...
Cr Trevor Maxwell receives honour for service
Cr Trevor Maxwell receives honour for service
16 July 2018
Local Government New Zealand has honoured Rotorua leader Cr Trevor Maxwell MZNM with the Minister of Local Government EXCELLENCE Award for...
Central and local government walking the same path on climate change adaptation strategy
Central and local government walking the same path on climate change adaptation strategy
16 July 2018
 Central and local government showed strong alignment on strategy for climate change adaptation as Local Government New Zealand President...
Local government debates key issues at annual conference
Local government debates key issues at annual conference
15 July 2018
Local government debates key issues at annual conference Published: 15 July 2018   News type: National news     ...
Bringing government back to the people - LGNZ and The New Zealand Initiative start Project Localism
Bringing government back to the people - LGNZ and The New Zealand Initiative start Project Localism
15 July 2018
Instead of relying on central government to decide what is good for our communities it is time to empower councils and communities themselves to...
Substantial review of local government funding welcome and needed
Substantial review of local government funding welcome and needed
15 July 2018
Local Government New Zealand is pleased with the terms of reference for the Productivity Commissions’ forthcoming inquiry into local...
Whakatane District Council Zero Carbon Bill submission
Whakatane District Council Zero Carbon Bill submission
13 July 2018
The Whakatāne District Council’s submission on the Ministry for the Environment’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill supports net zero...
Study reveals economic impact of Rotorua forest rides
Study reveals economic impact of Rotorua forest rides
12 July 2018
People who ride in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa forest contribute between $30m and $50m in spending annually to the local...
Establishing the Welfare Expert Advisory Group
Establishing the Welfare Expert Advisory Group
12 July 2018
The Government is committing to overhauling the welfare system, to ensure it is accessible and fair to all New Zealanders.   Hon...
Preliminary report on national Education Conversation released
Preliminary report on national Education Conversation released
11 July 2018
The national conversation to develop a vision for the future of education, and on making changes to education, is proving ‘hugely...
Warmer Kiwi Homes insulation programme launched
Warmer Kiwi Homes insulation programme launched
11 July 2018
The country has been hit with a series of cold snaps this winter but low-income homeowners can now warm up with grants covering two thirds of the...
Major infrastructure funding for Tauran ga City Council
Major infrastructure funding for Tauran ga City Council
11 July 2018
Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford today announced $158 million of 10-year interest-free loans to Tauranga City Council to...
Master planning gets underway in Taupo CBD
Master planning gets underway in Taupo CBD
11 July 2018
Taupō District Council has selected a joint proposal from architectural design firm Warren and Mahoney and landscape architectural company Boffa...
Whanau Ora Review
Whanau Ora Review
11 July 2018
An independent panel has been appointed to review Whānau Ora.   The intention of the review is to ensure that Whānau Ora is providing...
Women get ready to take the wheel
Women get ready to take the wheel
10 July 2018
The group, which has just completed the 19-week course, represent half of the graduates, the highest number of females the course has had at any...
Leadership wananga being held in Rotorua
Leadership wananga being held in Rotorua
7 July 2018
​​​​Mentoring and empowering local rangatahi is a vital part of helping develop Rotorua’s future leaders.   Rotorua...
Housing for the homeless over Winter 2018
Housing for the homeless over Winter 2018
6 July 2018
No one needs to live in a car or be left out in the cold this winter. Our aim is that everyone who approaches us for help with housing is...
Collaboration key to Environmental Programme success
Collaboration key to Environmental Programme success
6 July 2018
An Environmental Programme with far-reaching community benefits is guaranteed for another five years after yesterday’s signing of a...
Western BOP District Council adopt Long Term Plan
Western BOP District Council adopt Long Term Plan
29 June 2018
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has today adopted its Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018 – 2028.   The plan sets an average rates...
Tauranga City Council Long Term Plan adopted
Tauranga City Council Long Term Plan adopted
29 June 2018
Tauranga’s mayor and councillors today adopted the Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018-2028.   The LTP is Tauranga City Council’s...
Government support for Rotorua district direction
Government support for Rotorua district direction
29 June 2018
Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick says Government funding announced today is an important endorsement of the district’s progress and...
SmartGrowth June 2018 Newsletter
SmartGrowth June 2018 Newsletter
29 June 2018
Launched in 2004, SmartGrowth provides a unified vision, direction and voice for the future of the western Bay of Plenty as we help develop a great...
Rotorua Lakes Council adopts Long Term Plan
Rotorua Lakes Council adopts Long Term Plan
28 June 2018
Rotorua Lakes Council’s 2018-28 Long-term Plan is a major investment in the Rotorua community and the ongoing progress of the district, says...
Priority 1 June 2018 Newsletter
Priority 1 June 2018 Newsletter
28 June 2018
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during June...
Taupo Education Campaign Says Do The Right Thing
Taupo Education Campaign Says Do The Right Thing
27 June 2018
A new district-wide education campaign in Taupo is being rolled out to encourage people to do the right thing when it comes to flushing foreign...
Developing Maori Leaders in an emerging market on their own land
Developing Maori Leaders in an emerging market on their own land
27 June 2018
New Zealand Manuka Group is a medium-sized Whakatāne-based primary industry business operating in partnership with Māori land owners in the Bay...
National approach to identifying high risk catchments makes sense
National approach to identifying high risk catchments makes sense
26 June 2018
Local Government New Zealand has today supported the Government’s response to the Land and Water Forum’s recommendations on its...
Opotiki responds to Ministers announcement
Opotiki responds to Ministers announcement
22 June 2018
People are coming out in support for Ōpōtiki from across the country – iwi, industry, government and the wider community - following...
Te Maru o Kaituna celebrates ground-breaking Kaituna River Document
Te Maru o Kaituna celebrates ground-breaking Kaituna River Document
22 June 2018
The new Kaituna River Document has been launched and celebrated by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority today.   Te Maru o Kaituna River...
Taupo District Council gets in behind Ruapehu development
Taupo District Council gets in behind Ruapehu development
15 June 2018
Taupo District Council is to buy $1 million of investment bonds in a gondola project on Mt Ruapehu that is expected to be a 'game changer'...
Proposed international visitor conservation and tourism levy a step forward
Proposed international visitor conservation and tourism levy a step forward
15 June 2018
LGNZ welcomes the Government’s acknowledgement today, in its announcement of a proposed International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy,...
Tauranga new central library to be built within three years
Tauranga new central library to be built within three years
14 June 2018
Tauranga City Council has agreed to invest in a new, future-proofed central library as part of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 deliberations. The new...
Creswell gets consent
Creswell gets consent
13 June 2018
A proposal to expand the Otakiri Springs water bottling plant in eastern Bay of Plenty has today been granted consent by an independent hearing...
Rotorua Lakes Council named LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards finalist
Rotorua Lakes Council named LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards finalist
13 June 2018
​​​Announcement from Local Government New Zealand below:     Rotorua Lakes Council’s Long-term strategy, The...
COUNCIL FUND SEEDS SCHOOL GARDEN PROJECT
COUNCIL FUND SEEDS SCHOOL GARDEN PROJECT
12 June 2018
Nurturing life is part of the learning at Oropi School, where pupils are discovering the rewards of growing their own food.​   The...
Taupo District Economic Strengthening Plan
Taupo District Economic Strengthening Plan
12 June 2018
​Taupo District Council has adopted a District Economic Strengthening Plan to help achieve its vision "to be the most prosperous and...
Ceremony to start Kaituna re-diversion works
Ceremony to start Kaituna re-diversion works
8 June 2018
A public ceremony including karakia (prayers) and speeches to mark the start of construction works for the Kaituna River Re-diversion and Te Awa o...
New Housing Ministry Announced
New Housing Ministry Announced
8 June 2018
Today the Minister of Housing and Urban Development announced Cabinet accepted a paper proposing the establishment of a new Ministry of Housing...
THE CENTRE - PATUKI MANAWA A NEW MULTI-PURPOSE BUILDING IN KATIKATI.
THE CENTRE - PATUKI MANAWA A NEW MULTI-PURPOSE BUILDING IN KATIKATI.
7 June 2018
Community feedback last year showed mixed support for Pātuki Manawa (which means the beating heart in Māori) with others suggesting a more...
Whakatane Community Survey Underway
Whakatane Community Survey Underway
6 June 2018
The Whakatāne District Council’s annual community survey is now underway.   Undertaken by the National Research Bureau, the...
Partnerships give new look to Driver Directions
Partnerships give new look to Driver Directions
2 June 2018
The fate of Rotorua’s Driver Directions course has been saved by the support of a group of local organisations.   Rotorua...
Recovery innovation recognised
Recovery innovation recognised
1 June 2018
The Whakatāne District Recovery Team has been acknowledged for “exceptional innovation or creativity that has pushed the boundaries of...
Taskforce to review Tomorrows Schools appointed
Taskforce to review Tomorrows Schools appointed
4 April 2018
The experts charged with undertaking the biggest review of the way our schools are governed, managed and administered in 30 years have been...