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First NZ Study on effects of screen-time on pre-school children
First NZ Study on effects of screen-time on pre-school children
18 January 2019
Obesity, poorer motor skills, hyperactivity problems and poor sleep are just some of the effects that may be experienced by pre-school children...
Rotorua tamariki get creative at play space workshop
Rotorua tamariki get creative at play space workshop
16 January 2019
Yesterday tamariki/children got stuck into creating designs and ideas for the proposed new Lakefront play space at the first of three workshops to...
Kids input to new playspace at the Rotorua Lakefront
Kids input to new playspace at the Rotorua Lakefront
11 January 2019
Rotorua Lakes Council is inviting tamariki/children to attend creative workshops to help shape the design of the new play space that will be part...
Rotorua CBD summer safety campaign update
Rotorua CBD summer safety campaign update
11 January 2019
A joint Rotorua Lakes Council and police safety campaign is having a positive impact in reducing and deterring anti-social behaviour and crime in...
WANTED EBOP Project and Programme Manager
WANTED EBOP Project and Programme Manager
8 January 2019
Now is a very exciting time for the Eastern Bay of Plenty. We are looking for someone who thrives on building and maintaining relationships and...
WESTERN BOP COUNCIL BUYS LAND FOR KATIKATI FUTURE GROWTH
WESTERN BOP COUNCIL BUYS LAND FOR KATIKATI FUTURE GROWTH
27 December 2018
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has extended its ownership of Moore Park in Katikati with a view to creating more recreational and sporting...
Port Ohope reserve redevelopment completed
Port Ohope reserve redevelopment completed
21 December 2018
The completion of the $2 million redevelopment of the Port Ōhope Reserve was marked by a special blessing ceremony on Friday 21...
Priority 1 December 2018 Newsletter
Priority 1 December 2018 Newsletter
20 December 2018
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during December...
Freedom camping ambassadors for Taupo District
Freedom camping ambassadors for Taupo District
20 December 2018
Four freedom camping ambassadors will be out and about this summer to assist and advise freedom campers across the district.   High...
Councils work together to regenerate local waterways
Councils work together to regenerate local waterways
19 December 2018
High priority works to improve stream health and repair erosion damage are progressing on several streams in the Rotorua area.   Bay...
Update on Trade for All consultation
Update on Trade for All consultation
19 December 2018
Tēnā koe I’d like to share with you a quick update on the Trade for All consultation.   Summary of public feedback now...
Priority One sends best wishes for the festive season
Priority One sends best wishes for the festive season
19 December 2018
The team at Priority One would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support during 2018.  It has been another a great...
Updates on fresh water, The Aotearoa Circle, urban development and more
Updates on fresh water, The Aotearoa Circle, urban development and more
18 December 2018
Welcome to the summer edition of Te Kōmiromiro   Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā E ngā mana, rau rangatira mā, tēnā koutou...
Minister launches public consultation on immigration
Minister launches public consultation on immigration
18 December 2018
The Minister of Immigration has this morning launched public consultation on:   A set of proposals to reform employer support...
Funding to target local road blackspots welcomed by councils
Funding to target local road blackspots welcomed by councils
17 December 2018
LGNZ welcomes the Government’s announcement of the Safe Network Programme, which intends to invest $700 to $800 million in local road safety...
INZ to establish Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List
INZ to establish Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List
15 December 2018
On 17 December 2018, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will establish the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL) to support...
Time is running out to get your Sustainable Backyards event in for 2019!
Time is running out to get your Sustainable Backyards event in for 2019!
14 December 2018
Entries close the 18th of January 2019. Once you get back from summer holidays it does not leave much time!   It is crucial we have your...
MFE Essential Freshwater Update
MFE Essential Freshwater Update
14 December 2018
This is an update on the government policy work programme to improve water quality and ecosystem health.  This email comes to you from the...
Potential for Overseer to improve water quality
Potential for Overseer to improve water quality
12 December 2018
A report on whether a farm management tool used to calculate nutrient runoff could be used more widely to better inform water regulation is...
Rotorua Lakes Council and police join forces for CBD safety campaign
Rotorua Lakes Council and police join forces for CBD safety campaign
12 December 2018
Safety is a number one priority for all of us.   Rotorua Lakes Council and local police have worked together on a coordinated summer...
New bus network ready to roll
New bus network ready to roll
8 December 2018
More direct routes, more frequent services and more reliable buses are part of the new Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty bus network which starts...
Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam 2019
Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam 2019
7 December 2018
Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam 2019 is a free 3-day summit for Year 11-12 students in the Bay of Plenty and in 2019 will focus on the kaupapa of Climate...
Minister wants wider discussion on proposed schooling changes
Minister wants wider discussion on proposed schooling changes
7 December 2018
The Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce is proposing significant changes to the way our schools are run, governed, and managed to...
Government and industry partners release report on biological emissions
Government and industry partners release report on biological emissions
7 December 2018
A new report shows many farmers want to take action to reduce emissions, but need more information about what steps they can...
Young and vulnerable should not shoulder sea level rise burden
Young and vulnerable should not shoulder sea level rise burden
6 December 2018
A report released this morning by the Deep South National Science Challenge supports LGNZ’s call for a national framework to deal with...
Government injecting 100 million into effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Government injecting 100 million into effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
5 December 2018
The Government is investing $100 million in an effort to reduce New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions, with the Government saying it will...
Technology changes face of bus travel
Technology changes face of bus travel
4 December 2018
The numbers don’t lie – the days of the printed bus timetable appear to be numbered according to Bay of Plenty Regional...
Priority 1 November 2018 Newsletter
Priority 1 November 2018 Newsletter
30 November 2018
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during November...
SmartGrowth November 2018 Newsletter
SmartGrowth November 2018 Newsletter
30 November 2018
Thanks for the feedback... During October we asked people for their thoughts and ideas on two key planning documents that would set out how...
BayTrust Summer 2018 Update
BayTrust Summer 2018 Update
29 November 2018
You are receiving this email because, as Chief Executive of BayTrust, I thought you may be interested in receiving a quarterly update on what is...
Building resilience after an emergency
Building resilience after an emergency
28 November 2018
Building community resilience is now a key focus as the Flood Recovery Office wraps up its service.   Rotorua Lakes Council...
Government receives Mental Health and Addiction report
Government receives Mental Health and Addiction report
28 November 2018
Health Minister Dr David Clark has today formally received the report of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, saying it will help shape...
23 million to get more kids on bikes
23 million to get more kids on bikes
27 November 2018
Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today announced that the NZ Transport Agency will provide $23 million over the next three years...
Kaihautu - Chief Maori Advisor appointed for MFE
Kaihautu - Chief Maori Advisor appointed for MFE
27 November 2018
Melanie Mark-Shadbolt is MfE’s  Kaihautū - Chief Māori Advisor.   Her iwi affiliations are Ngāti Porou, Te...
UK and NZ Trade Agreement - Your Views Please!
UK and NZ Trade Agreement - Your Views Please!
26 November 2018
In late March 2019 the UK will leave the European Union.  Following Brexit, a shared objective for both New Zealand and the UK is to...
Rotorua Lakes Council wins Maori language award
Rotorua Lakes Council wins Maori language award
26 November 2018
Rotorua Lakes Council was named a winner at this year’s Māori Language Awards for work delivered by its Te Amorangi ki Mua, Te Hāpai ō Ki...
Central and Local Government partnership provides boost for tourism
Central and Local Government partnership provides boost for tourism
26 November 2018
A collaboration between central and local government on a review of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, with nine changes announced today, will...
Councils see Urban Development Authority as key to fixing housing woes
Councils see Urban Development Authority as key to fixing housing woes
24 November 2018
LGNZ welcomes the establishment of the Housing and Urban Development Authority, noting that housing affordability is a wicked problem for New...
Envirohub announces Bay of Plenty National Park
Envirohub announces Bay of Plenty National Park
22 November 2018
Supported by Baytrust and Geoff Canham Consulting, Envirohub is proud to announce Bay of Plenty National Park our land, our people, our...
New cycle trail link between Paengaroa and Rotoiti
New cycle trail link between Paengaroa and Rotoiti
22 November 2018
Work has started on the new cycle trail link between Paengaroa and Rotoiti and it could be opened temporarily for use over the Christmas...
Association of material hardship with maternal and child outcomes report released
Association of material hardship with maternal and child outcomes report released
21 November 2018
This report provides a better understanding of the extent to which poverty (material hardship) is associated with child and maternal outcomes and...
Opotiki Council's year on a page
Opotiki Council's year on a page
19 November 2018
​​A review of the Ōpōtiki District Council's 2017/18 year is now available with its Annual Report and a summary available to ensure...
STAND UP - White Ribbon campaign
STAND UP - White Ribbon campaign
18 November 2018
New Zealand’s White Ribbon organisation is urging Kiwis across the country to stand up and speak out to prevent men’s violence towards...
Serious fun with eels, insects and effluent
Serious fun with eels, insects and effluent
15 November 2018
More than one hundred students from 10 Bay of Plenty schools enjoyed a day out discovering how to monitor and care for their local waterways...
Rotorua district continues to grow
Rotorua district continues to grow
15 November 2018
Confirmed population growth estimates for Rotorua reinforce the need for future-focussed projects and planning to cater for ongoing change, Mayor...
NEW HAND ON THE TILLER FOR WAIHI BEACH EVENTS
NEW HAND ON THE TILLER FOR WAIHI BEACH EVENTS
15 November 2018
Teresa Qualtrough sees the great potential for Waihi Beach as a destination and is making it her mission to spread the word.   Teresa...
New Minister and Unit for Maori housing
New Minister and Unit for Maori housing
14 November 2018
To improve housing opportunities for Māori, a dedicated Māori Housing Unit will be established and Minister Nanaia Mahuta will be appointed the...
Local government releases position statement on three waters
Local government releases position statement on three waters
13 November 2018
LGNZ has released its position statement on three waters at its Quarterly Media Briefing today, calling on the Government to adopt four good...
Major funding boost for Maori community repairs
Major funding boost for Maori community repairs
13 November 2018
The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta has just announced 24 community-led housing repair projects will receive funding  from...
Preferred Cultural Precinct option chosen for further development
Preferred Cultural Precinct option chosen for further development
13 November 2018
Taupō District Council has chosen a preferred option for its proposed cultural precinct project and it is one designed to create strong links...
Operator chosen for Kawerau container terminal
Operator chosen for Kawerau container terminal
10 November 2018
International port logistics company ISO Ltd has been selected as the preferred operator for Kawerau’s planned container...
RMA reform to address key concerns for local government
RMA reform to address key concerns for local government
9 November 2018
LGNZ supports the Government’s proposal to wind back a number of Resource Management Act changes that excluded public consultation...
Local government praises landowners committed to biodiversity
Local government praises landowners committed to biodiversity
9 November 2018
The recently released Report of the Biodiversity Collaborative Group, which includes a draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous...
Rotorua child equity programme proposed
Rotorua child equity programme proposed
8 November 2018
A proposed Rotorua child equity programme has potential to make a big difference by ensuring those living in deprivation can access local...
Tracking progress of public housing
Tracking progress of public housing
8 November 2018
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the latest Public Housing Quarterly Report, says Deputy Chief Executive Public...
Funding improvements for family violence services
Funding improvements for family violence services
7 November 2018
The Government is investing $15.379 million from Budget 2018 so that family violence service providers can work with whānau and families to break...
LGNZ supports strategy to manage tourism growth
LGNZ supports strategy to manage tourism growth
6 November 2018
Local Government New Zealand welcomes the Government’s draft Tourism Strategy, announced this morning, which recognises the huge potential...
Family Violence Bills pass third reading
Family Violence Bills pass third reading
6 November 2018
The Family Violence Bill and the Family Violence (Amendments) Bill have both passed their third readings in Parliament and will become...
Training more workers for the Aged Care Industry
Training more workers for the Aged Care Industry
6 November 2018
Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has announced the rollout of an Industry Partnership programme which will deliver 160 caregiving...
Marae emergency project winner at international awards
Marae emergency project winner at international awards
5 November 2018
A marae emergency project has taken out two awards at this year’s 66th International Association for Emergency Managers (IAEM) Awards in...
Regional Council ready for national water reforms
Regional Council ready for national water reforms
2 November 2018
National water reforms and the importance of maintaining momentum on local waterway improvements were the focus of discussion by Bay of Plenty...
Jason Hill appointed to Tourism Bay of Plenty board
Jason Hill appointed to Tourism Bay of Plenty board
2 November 2018
Jason Hill is the new trustee appointed by Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council to the Tourism Bay of Plenty board...
HIGH PRAISE FOR WESTERN BAY DRINKING WATER
HIGH PRAISE FOR WESTERN BAY DRINKING WATER
2 November 2018
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has gained national praise for its improvements to managing the District's drinking...
The Great Coast Clean-up needs you
The Great Coast Clean-up needs you
2 November 2018
The Great Coast Clean-up OrganisersWaste-Zero-Whakatāne is teaming up with KG Kayaks and the Department of Conservation to bring The Great Coast...
MISSING CYCLE TRAIL LINK GAINS NZTA FUNDING
MISSING CYCLE TRAIL LINK GAINS NZTA FUNDING
1 November 2018
A $150,000 investment in the Paengaroa to Rotoiti cycle trail by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) will provide an important link in the...
Royal visit to bring economic benefit to Rotorua
Royal visit to bring economic benefit to Rotorua
1 November 2018
​Mayor Steve Chadwick believes the economic benefits of the royal visit to Rotorua will be significant.   “In the wake of the...
Taupo wins Keep New Zealand Beautiful large town award
Taupo wins Keep New Zealand Beautiful large town award
1 November 2018
Taupō is now officially the 'most beautiful large town' in the country after winning its category ahead of its rival Timaru at the Keep...
Opportunities for Opotiki regional economy to be shared
Opportunities for Opotiki regional economy to be shared
1 November 2018
Ōpōtiki residents have the chance tomorrow (Tuesday 6 November) to hear first-hand about the economic development opportunities that could...
Independent voice on urban water welcomed
Independent voice on urban water welcomed
1 November 2018
A new report released today by an independent Urban Water Working Group is a great step toward integrating urban and infrastructure design with...
Tiaki Promise makes the call for greater guardianship of New Zealand
Tiaki Promise makes the call for greater guardianship of New Zealand
1 November 2018
Local Government New Zealand is one of seven key New Zealand organisations that have joined forces today to launch the Tiaki Promise, an...
Impact-led business takes leap forward with new online platform
Impact-led business takes leap forward with new online platform
1 November 2018
On October 31st Social Procurement took a leap forward at an event in Auckland with the official launch of New Zealand’s first online social...
Every Voice Counts - Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
Every Voice Counts - Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
1 November 2018
From now until December, the Government wants to hear from as many people as possible to help ensure New Zealand is the best place to be a...
Priority 1 October 2018 Newsletter
Priority 1 October 2018 Newsletter
31 October 2018
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during October...
MSD New Investment Approach
MSD New Investment Approach
31 October 2018
MSD uses investment strategies to guide the future focus of its work to ensure that is continues to make best use of its resources, for the...
New Zealand signs international declaration to cut plastic waste
New Zealand signs international declaration to cut plastic waste
29 October 2018
New Zealand has today signed an international declaration to cut plastic waste from our economy and environment.   The New Plastics...
3D mapping to enable better regional hazard, infrastructure planning
3D mapping to enable better regional hazard, infrastructure planning
29 October 2018
 LGNZ has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement from Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones of $19 million in co-funding...
MIGRANT EXPO COMES TO BAY OF PLENTY
MIGRANT EXPO COMES TO BAY OF PLENTY
26 October 2018
A Migrant Expo in Tauranga in November aims to showcase what the western Bay of Plenty has to offer newcomers.    The Expo is a...
Putauaki Trust Kawerau Industrial Hub one step closer
Putauaki Trust Kawerau Industrial Hub one step closer
26 October 2018
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $2 million for the crucial first stage of a project that will create jobs, attract new businesses to...
Indigenous Biodiversity report released
Indigenous Biodiversity report released
25 October 2018
A new report recommending improvements to biodiversity management will build on communities’ good work to protect our biodiversity, says...
Wastewater report supports call for targeted policy
Wastewater report supports call for targeted policy
24 October 2018
LGNZ has welcomed the Government’s release of a report by GHD and Boffa Miskell into the costs of upgrading wastewater treatment plants,...
Working together to make Southland carbon neutral
Working together to make Southland carbon neutral
23 October 2018
Environment Southland has set itself the ambitious goal of becoming a carbon neutral region which the Government is backing with a $190,000 grant...
NZTA public information sessions this week
NZTA public information sessions this week
21 October 2018
The NZ Transport Agency is holding a series of drop-in sessions next week (23-26 October) to talk the community through planned safety...
Climate Change Minister heads to Poland
Climate Change Minister heads to Poland
19 October 2018
The Minister for Climate Change is travelling to Poland to take part in preliminary talks around deciding the rules for meeting Paris Agreement...
Minister welcomes major air report
Minister welcomes major air report
18 October 2018
The state of New Zealand’s air is generally good says the Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon Nanaia Mahuta after the release of a...
Tauranga City Council recommends new special housing area in Papamoa East
Tauranga City Council recommends new special housing area in Papamoa East
16 October 2018
Tauranga City Council confirmed today that it will recommend the establishment of a new special housing area in Papamoa East.   On...
Marine Park site considered for new marine facility
Marine Park site considered for new marine facility
16 October 2018
Tauranga City Council agreed today to support in principle to seek revocation of the recreation reserve status from an area of land at Marine...
Taupo wins bid to host 2020 IRONMAN World Championship
Taupo wins bid to host 2020 IRONMAN World Championship
12 October 2018
Taupo has won the rights to host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in November 2020 – and it will be the biggest event the district has...
Walking our talk in transitioning to a low-emissions economy
Walking our talk in transitioning to a low-emissions economy
11 October 2018
The Ministry for the Environment is now measuring and monitoring its carbon emissions so we can do our bit to transition to a low-emissions...
Lakes DHB supports aspirations to improve air ambulance service
Lakes DHB supports aspirations to improve air ambulance service
11 October 2018
Lakes DHB is supportive of the aspirations to improve the air ambulance helicopter service delivery and response times, as announced by the...
Housing First announcement for Rotorua
Housing First announcement for Rotorua
10 October 2018
​Rotorua Mayor, Steve Chadwick, has welcomed a government announcement to launch a programme which aims to tackle homelessness in Rotorua. ...
Information sharing to help prevent crime
Information sharing to help prevent crime
10 October 2018
Police Minister Stuart Nash is encouraging feedback on an initiative that will help Police prevent crime by having the most up-to-date and...
Five Community Magistrates appointed
Five Community Magistrates appointed
10 October 2018
Five new Community Magistrates have been appointed for the Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton regions, Associate Justice and Courts...
Councils, business vital partners in climate change adaptation
Councils, business vital partners in climate change adaptation
10 October 2018
LGNZ President Dave Cull told delegates at the Climate Change and Business Conference this morning that while businesses have led the charge to...
Fostering stronger indigenous business and trade links
Fostering stronger indigenous business and trade links
9 October 2018
Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta hosted a wānanga today to promote greater international dialogue on indigenous business and trade...
New National Biodiversity Strategy needed
New National Biodiversity Strategy needed
9 October 2018
A new national strategy will be developed to address the critical state of our indigenous biodiversity, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage...
Interpretive panels tell Ohiwa story
Interpretive panels tell Ohiwa story
8 October 2018
Twelve interpretation panels, designed to improve an understanding of the priceless nature of the area, now mark the new Ōhiwa Harbour Heritage...
Ministerial declaration on carbon markets
Ministerial declaration on carbon markets
8 October 2018
At the Paris climate change negotiations (COP 21, 2015), New Zealand led a Ministerial Declaration on Carbon Markets that has now been endorsed by...
Taking action to improve water quality
Taking action to improve water quality
8 October 2018
Environment Minister's media release   The Government today is announcing its next steps to improve the state of our waterways,...
Papakainga provides refuge in time of need
Papakainga provides refuge in time of need
8 October 2018
One year on from the Edgecumbe floods local whānau in urgent need of a place to live will now benefit from new papakāinga housing at Kokohinau...
International global warming report lays out the critical challenge
International global warming report lays out the critical challenge
8 October 2018
A special report on global warming, released today, has laid out a strong case for countries to make every effort to limit temperature rise to...
Councils welcome new freshwater toolkit
Councils welcome new freshwater toolkit
8 October 2018
Regional and unitary councils have welcomed the announcement of the Government’s new work programme to further improve the quality of...
Rotorua PGF Project Updates
Rotorua PGF Project Updates
5 October 2018
Work to prepare for Rotorua’s lakefront development could start before Christmas and work on developments planned for Whakarewarewa Forest...
43,000 MORE HOUSES NEEDED IN WESTERN BAY BY 2048
43,000 MORE HOUSES NEEDED IN WESTERN BAY BY 2048
5 October 2018
Housing, transport, employment, an ageing population, the environment – how do we manage those and other big issues in the western Bay of...
Tauranga City Council vision for growth unveiled
Tauranga City Council vision for growth unveiled
5 October 2018
Tauranga City Council has unveiled its strategy for one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities.   The proposed changes...
15,000 submissions on Zero Carbon Bill consultation publicly released
15,000 submissions on Zero Carbon Bill consultation publicly released
4 October 2018
Ministry for the Environment media release   More than 15,000 New Zealanders and organisations have had their say on the...
Development of a new Carers Strategy Action Plan
Development of a new Carers Strategy Action Plan
2 October 2018
The Government is developing a new Action Plan that will provide better support for over 430,000 New Zealanders who care for friends or family...
TE PUKE PLANS TO GET READY AND GET THROUGH
TE PUKE PLANS TO GET READY AND GET THROUGH
1 October 2018
Te Puke has updated its Civil Defence Community Response Plan to prepare the community action in the event of a major emergency or natural...
New Ministry brings leadership and focus to housing and urban development
New Ministry brings leadership and focus to housing and urban development
1 October 2018
The new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development was opened today by Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford.   Phil...
Meet Jacqui Ferrel, General Manager, Tauranga Community Housing Trust
Meet Jacqui Ferrel, General Manager, Tauranga Community Housing Trust
1 October 2018
With a portfolio of 200 community houses in Whakatane and Tauranga, and a team of 16 staff, the addition of 19 houses in Opal Drive, Papamoa, saw...
Greenprint for Whakatane tackles food sovereignty
Greenprint for Whakatane tackles food sovereignty
28 September 2018
An inspiring community initiative: ‘Greenprint for Whakatāne’, will hold a hui on 18 October to bring together like-minded locals who...
Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan open for submissions
Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan open for submissions
27 September 2018
The Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan is now open for submissions.   This proposal sets out how pests in our region should be...
Predator Free Schools
Predator Free Schools
27 September 2018
The Kiwibank Predator Free Schools programme will give twenty selected schools a budget of $1,000 for traps and trapping equipment to give...
Whakatane District Council Chief Executive appointment announced
Whakatane District Council Chief Executive appointment announced
24 September 2018
Whakatāne District Mayor Tony Bonne has announced that Stephanie O’Sullivan has been appointed Chief Executive of the Whakatāne District...
River improvement targets exceeded
River improvement targets exceeded
22 September 2018
More than 136 kilometres of Bay of Plenty waterway margins have been protected from stock access in the past year through riparian management...
Water quantity plan change approved
Water quantity plan change approved
21 September 2018
Bay of Plenty Regional Councillors have unanimously approved the adoption of the Region-wide Water Quantity Plan Change (Plan Change Nine) to...
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,...
Eastern Bay schools join BikeReady initiative
Eastern Bay schools join BikeReady initiative
14 September 2018
Eastern Bay Road Safety Programme partners, ACC and NZTA, have invested in a national cycling education system through a programme called...
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,...
Productivity Commission final report on the path to a low-emissions economy
Productivity Commission final report on the path to a low-emissions economy
4 September 2018
The Productivity Commission has released its final report on the opportunities and challenges for New Zealand on the path to a low-emissions...
More housing for whanau in Opotiki
More housing for whanau in Opotiki
3 September 2018
A new project to provide more housing in Ōpotiki will make it easier for whānau and residents of Ōpotiki to find temporary and emergency...
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...