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Have your say on new rules for medicinal cannabis
Have your say on new rules for medicinal cannabis
10 July 2019
More widespread access to medicinal cannabis products is a step closer today with the release of proposals for regulations says Minister of Health...
Collaboration sees Rotorua rangatahi get rugby tickets
Collaboration sees Rotorua rangatahi get rugby tickets
9 July 2019
​Implementing positive role models and giving tamariki a unique experience is what the Kotahi +1 programme is all about.   More...
LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards: Opotiki front and centre
LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards: Opotiki front and centre
9 July 2019
Last night was the LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards in Wellington. The Awards are an annual recognition of outstanding performance by councils around their...
Huge boost to Taupo District from Provincial Growth Fund
Huge boost to Taupo District from Provincial Growth Fund
9 July 2019
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones yesterday announced two significant Provincial Growth Fund investments into entrepreneurial...
Minister Shane Jones visits key project sites in Rotorua
Minister Shane Jones visits key project sites in Rotorua
8 July 2019
Regional Economic Development Minister, Hon Shane Jones, spent the morning in Rotorua catching up on the progress being made on the Lakefront and...
Maori realising land aspirations through the One Billion Trees programme
Maori realising land aspirations through the One Billion Trees programme
8 July 2019
Forestry Minister Shane Jones says the Government’s One Billion Trees programme is providing important support for Māori to realise the...
Extra support for DHBs to help with the costs of building new facilities
Extra support for DHBs to help with the costs of building new facilities
8 July 2019
Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced that District Health Boards will get financial help worth potentially tens-of-millions of dollars to...
Boost for marae at the centre of communities
Boost for marae at the centre of communities
4 July 2019
Marae around the country will benefit from boosted initiatives to upgrade their buildings, bolster their emergency kits and expand their work to...
Fare-free school bus trial given green light by Regional Counci
3 July 2019
A one-year trial in 2020 of fare-free bus transport for Tauranga school students was last week adopted as part of Bay of Plenty Regional...
Opotiki District Council Annual Plan Adopted
Opotiki District Council Annual Plan Adopted
3 July 2019
At the extra ordinary meeting of Ōpōtiki District Council last week, Council adopted the 2019-20 Annual Plan.   Annual Plans...
Whakatane District Council Annual Plan 2019/20 adopted
Whakatane District Council Annual Plan 2019/20 adopted
2 July 2019
Whakatāne District Council has adopted its Annual Plan for 2019/20, and resolved its rates charges for the coming year.   A report...
Community opening of new and improved Kopurererua Valley track
Community opening of new and improved Kopurererua Valley track
2 July 2019
On Sunday 14 July, the Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter is officially opening Tauranga’s transformed walking and cycling...
Bay of Plenty is the latest region to declare a climate emergency
Bay of Plenty is the latest region to declare a climate emergency
1 July 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional Councillors agreed at their Council meeting recently, to declare a climate emergency and work with the community on...
Major PGF investment to help address NZ plastics challenges
Major PGF investment to help address NZ plastics challenges
1 July 2019
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest in projects to tackle waste in New Zealand, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and...
Priority One News June 2019
Priority One News June 2019
30 June 2019
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during June...
SBY19 Climate Change Speaker's Forum Video
SBY19 Climate Change Speaker's Forum Video
28 June 2019
The month of March saw a number of events held around the region under the Sustainable Backyards banner. Check out the enthralling Sustainable...
Partnership progresses funding application in Whakatane
Partnership progresses funding application in Whakatane
27 June 2019
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited and the Whakatāne District Council are jointly seeking funding from Central...
Public Service undergoes biggest shake-up in 30 years
Public Service undergoes biggest shake-up in 30 years
26 June 2019
Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today announced the most significant changes to the New Zealand Public Service since the State Sector Act...
Bay of Plenty leaders told to declare climate change emergency
Bay of Plenty leaders told to declare climate change emergency
25 June 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional councillors received a standing ovation from community members after deciding to recommend the council declares a climate...
New funding to put people at the heart of NZ emergency management system
New funding to put people at the heart of NZ emergency management system
25 June 2019
Funding from Budget 2019 will establish a new national agency to strengthen New Zealand’s emergency management system, Minister of Civil...
Experienced tourism operators join Destination Great Lake Taupo Board
Experienced tourism operators join Destination Great Lake Taupo Board
19 June 2019
One new appointment and one re-appointment to the Destination Great Lake Taupō Board of Trustees have been announced.   In April,...
Awards call for biosecurity champions
Awards call for biosecurity champions
18 June 2019
Entries are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to protecting our...
Better information sharing to keep victims of family violence safer
Better information sharing to keep victims of family violence safer
18 June 2019
From 1 July, family violence agencies and social services practitioners will be able to share information to better respond to family...
Volunteers needed to create cleaner waterways
Volunteers needed to create cleaner waterways
17 June 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, in partnership with multi award-winning charity, Sustainable Coastlines, is putting the call out for local...
Dairy industry receives boost with 25 million sustainable innovation programme
Dairy industry receives boost with 25 million sustainable innovation programme
13 June 2019
A new $25.68 million innovation programme for New Zealand’s dairy industry will drive improvements in the health and wellbeing of the...
Tauranga City Council review confirms shortage of developable land
Tauranga City Council review confirms shortage of developable land
12 June 2019
Tauranga City Council’s Urban Form and Transport Development Committee, Tuesday 11 June 2019, heard the city is to face a shortage of around...
Maori Housing in the spotlight at housing awards
Maori Housing in the spotlight at housing awards
11 June 2019
The Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network was acknowledged at the recent Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence in Housing Awards...
Rotorua child equity programme
Rotorua child equity programme
7 June 2019
  Eden Chapman is seeing a difference in the students at Rotorua's Sunset Primary School just six months after the start of a pilot...
BOPRC outline Port benefit to Upper North Island Supply Chain
BOPRC outline Port benefit to Upper North Island Supply Chain
5 June 2019
The substantial benefits that the Port of Tauranga’s current operating and governance arrangements bring to the local, regional, and...
Paengaroa - Rotoiti cycle trail officially opens
Paengaroa - Rotoiti cycle trail officially opens
5 June 2019
The new cycle trail – Kaikōkopu - between Paengaroa and Rotoiti opens today, marking an important milestone in the national cycleway...
LGNZ EXCELLENCE wards showcase outstanding leadership by local councils
LGNZ EXCELLENCE wards showcase outstanding leadership by local councils
5 June 2019
The high levels of service local councils provide to communities across New Zealand are again demonstrated through the exceptional range and...
Wellbeing budget promises encourage local government
Wellbeing budget promises encourage local government
31 May 2019
LGNZ welcomes a budgetary focus on well-being, which provides support for local government’s newly reinstated four well-beings, and a...
Annual Community Survey to begin in Whakatane
Annual Community Survey to begin in Whakatane
30 May 2019
The Whakatāne District Council’s annual community survey will begin on Friday, 31 May.    Undertaken by the National...
Environmental monitoring under the spotlight
Environmental monitoring under the spotlight
30 May 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has welcomed findings from an independent report into compliance, monitoring and enforcement by New Zealand’s...
Wellbeing Budget 2019 investment in MSD
Wellbeing Budget 2019 investment in MSD
30 May 2019
The Government has announced a significant investment in MSD and our work to help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and...
Maori Wellbeing Package
Maori Wellbeing Package
30 May 2019
Whānau wellbeing is at the heart of this year's Budget announcements for Māori.  The Māori Wellbeing Package supports whānau aspirations...
LGNZ see potential in new urban development authority
LGNZ see potential in new urban development authority
29 May 2019
 A newly announced urban development authority - Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities – has the potential to address our housing...
Tauranga transport projects funding update
Tauranga transport projects funding update
27 May 2019
On Friday 24 May, Tauranga City Council and others across the region received a letter from NZTA indicating what projects have approved funding...
Tauranga reserves one plan to manage them all
Tauranga reserves one plan to manage them all
27 May 2019
Tauranga’s reserves – which range from sports fields, playgrounds and neighbourhood parks to beaches, river esplanades, walkways,...
Regional Council endorses regional development refresh
Regional Council endorses regional development refresh
24 May 2019
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has endorsed a refreshed regional economic development framework.   Coined Bay of Connections 2.0, the...
4 million to strengthen Maori science connections
4 million to strengthen Maori science connections
24 May 2019
Thirty one new projects will receive funding worth $4 million over the next two years through the seventh round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision...
Upgrading our free trade agreement with ASEAN and Australia - call for submissions
Upgrading our free trade agreement with ASEAN and Australia - call for submissions
21 May 2019
Negotiations to upgrade the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) are now under way.   The FTA has been supporting...
New negotiations for a Digital Economy Partnership Agreement - call for submissions
New negotiations for a Digital Economy Partnership Agreement - call for submissions
20 May 2019
On 17 May in Chile, Minister for Trade and Export Growth Hon David Parker - together with Ministers from Chile and Singapore - announced...
Budget investment in family violence and sexual violence initiatives
Budget investment in family violence and sexual violence initiatives
20 May 2019
The Government yesterday announced a package of new funding, as part of Wellbeing Budget 2019, dedicated to eliminating family violence and sexual...
PGF investment in Eastern Bay horticulture expansion and jobs
PGF investment in Eastern Bay horticulture expansion and jobs
17 May 2019
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is partnering with Eastern Bay of Plenty landowners to accelerate the development of horticulture and create...
Delivering a better freedom camping system for all
Delivering a better freedom camping system for all
17 May 2019
Following the success of last summer, a further $8 million is being made available to continue delivering a better freedom camping system and to...
Rotorua pre-election report to include community wellbeing focus
Rotorua pre-election report to include community wellbeing focus
16 May 2019
Problems impacting social, environmental, economic and cultural wellbeing in Rotorua will be a key focus of this year’s pre-election...
MFE welcomes new faces to the executive leadership team
MFE welcomes new faces to the executive leadership team
15 May 2019
The Ministry for the Environment is delighted to welcome Anne Haira and Sam Buckle to its executive leadership team in June.   Anne...
Unconditional Agreement to purchase strategic leasehold sites
Unconditional Agreement to purchase strategic leasehold sites
14 May 2019
The Whakatāne District Council has entered into an agreement to purchase a site of strategic importance in the Whakatāne town centre, to enable...
New Zealand part of global decision to restrict shipments of hard-to-recycle plastic waste to poorer countries
New Zealand part of global decision to restrict shipments of hard-to-recycle plastic waste to poorer countries
14 May 2019
New Zealand was one of about 180 countries to agree via consensus on Friday 10 May to better regulate global trade in plastic waste to prevent...
Oranga Tamariki Review of Financial Assistance for Caregivers
Oranga Tamariki Review of Financial Assistance for Caregivers
13 May 2019
Oranga Tamariki will soon begin a review of the financial assistance provided to caregivers.    Minister for Children Tracey...
Local government encouraged by national recycling plan
Local government encouraged by national recycling plan
10 May 2019
LGNZ is encouraged by the announcement of a national plan to address New Zealand’s growing recycling issues, citing the need for more...
Government plan to recharge recycling
Government plan to recharge recycling
10 May 2019
Media release from Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage   Today the Government announced another part of its plan to...
Bay of Connections Update - May 2019
Bay of Connections Update - May 2019
9 May 2019
In our January update, we outlined the findings from the independent review of Bay of Connections (BOC), a review brought about after ten years of...
Grants for Children and Families Research
Grants for Children and Families Research
9 May 2019
Five children and families research projects will each receive funding in round 3 of the Children and Families Research Fund. The fund aims to...
Infrastructure Pipeline Launched
Infrastructure Pipeline Launched
9 May 2019
The Government has published a prototype Infrastructure Pipeline, to show what projects will be delivered by major central government agencies...
Reinstated well-beings endorse councils community focus
Reinstated well-beings endorse councils community focus
8 May 2019
Local Government New Zealand is delighted to see the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill pass its third and final reading in...
Zero Carbon Bill welcomed by LGNZ
Zero Carbon Bill welcomed by LGNZ
8 May 2019
LGNZ welcomes the introduction of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill as a necessary step towards meeting our international...
TECT Park Takes Top National Award
TECT Park Takes Top National Award
7 May 2019
Western Bay of Plenty's TECT All Terrain Adventure Park has won the supreme award in this year's inaugural Best of Parks Green Flag Award...
Taupo District Mayor says enough is enough
Taupo District Mayor says enough is enough
7 May 2019
Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas wants State Highway safety improvements for his district expedited following three fatal crashes in which 16...
Te Whare Taonga o Taketake wins architecture award
Te Whare Taonga o Taketake wins architecture award
6 May 2019
The Whakatāne Museum and Research Centre - Te Whare Taonga ō TaketakeThe Whakatāne Museum and Research Centre - Te Whare Taonga ō Taketake has...
Mobile phone use focus for Road Safety Week
Mobile phone use focus for Road Safety Week
3 May 2019
Mobile phone use while driving in the Bay of Plenty is the key focus for this year’s Road Safety Week, which runs between May...
Taupo Council chooses to sign climate change declaration
Taupo Council chooses to sign climate change declaration
1 May 2019
Taupō District Council has agreed to sign the Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration 2017, confirming its commitment to...
Priority 1 April 2019 Newsletter
Priority 1 April 2019 Newsletter
30 April 2019
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during April...
Early insights into use of restricted drugs
Early insights into use of restricted drugs
30 April 2019
The first nationwide snapshot of the consumption of restricted drugs indicates the prevalence of methamphetamine use in New Zealand, says Police...
Opotiki Council releases Annual Plan information document
Opotiki Council releases Annual Plan information document
29 April 2019
​Ōpōtiki District Council has released an information document on the 2019-20 Annual Plan Your assets, your community, your future – our...
Kokako Project Shows Council Community Funding at Work
Kokako Project Shows Council Community Funding at Work
29 April 2019
Western Bay of Plenty District Council's annual Community Matching Fund opens today with $140,000 available for not-for-profit community...
Western BOP Community Insights Laboratory
Western BOP Community Insights Laboratory
29 April 2019
An Introduction to the Feasibility Study for a Community Insights Laboratory (CIL) in the WBOP and an invitation to...
Expansion of Construction programme to upskill people on benefit
Expansion of Construction programme to upskill people on benefit
29 April 2019
A construction programme giving young people on benefit training and work experience building community houses was formally launched by Minister...
Job advertisements rise by 1.2 per cent in the March 2019 quarter
Job advertisements rise by 1.2 per cent in the March 2019 quarter
24 April 2019
Jobs Online figures released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show the number of job advertisements rose by 1.2 per...
March 2019 benefit fact sheets out now
March 2019 benefit fact sheets out now
23 April 2019
The March 2019 benefit fact sheets provide a high-level view of trends in benefit receipt. The Benefit Fact Sheets are published quarterly and...
Last two weeks to apply for Tauranga waste minimisation grant
Last two weeks to apply for Tauranga waste minimisation grant
18 April 2019
If you have a great idea to reduce the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill, now is the time to take action.   There are two...
Environment Aotearoa yardstick welcomed by LGNZ
Environment Aotearoa yardstick welcomed by LGNZ
18 April 2019
The latest report providing metrics on the state of New Zealand’s environment is being welcomed by LGNZ’s Regional Sector as a way for...
New report signals nine top environmental issues facing New Zealand
New report signals nine top environmental issues facing New Zealand
18 April 2019
A new report shows the way we live and make a living is having a serious impact on our environment.   Jointly produced by the...
Proposed Emissions Trading Scheme improvements attract support
Proposed Emissions Trading Scheme improvements attract support
18 April 2019
Submissions on improvements to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) show that there is broad support to make improvements to the scheme,...
NEW PAENGAROA-OKERE CYCLE TRAIL OPENS FOR EASTER
NEW PAENGAROA-OKERE CYCLE TRAIL OPENS FOR EASTER
16 April 2019
The new off-road cycle trail linking Paengaroa to Rotoiti is open to cyclists for Easter weekend.   Part of the trail opened briefly...
Rotorua 2019/20 Annual Plan
Rotorua 2019/20 Annual Plan
15 April 2019
Rotorua Lakes Council’s proposed 2019/2020 annual plan is now available for public viewing and feedback is sought on the future of...
Otumuheke Stream revitalisation project recognised on national stage
Otumuheke Stream revitalisation project recognised on national stage
12 April 2019
Taupō District Council’s Otumuheke Stream revitalisation project last night received the Minister of Local Government's Award for...
Rising greenhouse gas emissions show the need for action on climate change
Rising greenhouse gas emissions show the need for action on climate change
11 April 2019
New Zealand’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows emissions are on the rise, underscoring why the Government is taking action on climate...
Panel appointed to produce framework for national climate change risk assessment
Panel appointed to produce framework for national climate change risk assessment
11 April 2019
The Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, has announced the details of a new panel that has been established to create the framework for New...
Rotorua Lakes Council Te Ahurei recruitment drive underway
Rotorua Lakes Council Te Ahurei recruitment drive underway
10 April 2019
Rotorua Lakes Council, Te Tatau o Te Arawa and Te Arawa Lakes Trust have joined forces to recruit a leader who will guide Council’s...
Fuse lowering to reduce flooding risk in Whakatane
Fuse lowering to reduce flooding risk in Whakatane
10 April 2019
Whakatāne District Council is arranging to have the sand fuse on the western side of the Whakatāne River mouth (at the tip of the Opihi spit)...
New research provides insights about children at risk of adverse childhood experiences
New research provides insights about children at risk of adverse childhood experiences
10 April 2019
Auckland University of Technology research funded by the Ministry of Social Development’s Children and Families Research Fund looks at the...
MBIE Just Transitions Unit
MBIE Just Transitions Unit
10 April 2019
MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) have established a Just Transitions Unit to help share and coordinate the work of...
Turangi Board chair stands down in favour of operational role
Turangi Board chair stands down in favour of operational role
9 April 2019
Turangi Tongariro Community Board chair Andy Hema has resigned from his elected position to take up a role as the council’s customer...
Safeguarding our children
Safeguarding our children
9 April 2019
New Zealand is strengthening the independent oversight of children’s issues and the Oranga Tamariki system.   New Zealand has...
New funding to make a splash improving water quality
New funding to make a splash improving water quality
9 April 2019
The Government is going the extra mile backing the Sustainable Business Network’s Million Metres Streams’ project with a $200,000...
National Climate Change Risk Assessment panel appointed
National Climate Change Risk Assessment panel appointed
9 April 2019
The Minister for Climate Change welcomes the Ministry for the Environment’s appointment of an expert panel to create the framework for New...
Farmers focused on climate change
Farmers focused on climate change
9 April 2019
New survey research, released today, shows farmers are focused on sustainability and the impacts of climate change more than ever.   The...
Government backing deep tech start-ups
Government backing deep tech start-ups
8 April 2019
The Government will commit to a refreshed and more ambitious programme to back ‘deep tech’ startups after a review of the pilot...
Edgecumbe flooding anniversary marked
Edgecumbe flooding anniversary marked
6 April 2019
Saturday 6 April marks two years since Tropical Cyclone Debbie caused widespread flooding in the Whakatāne District. Worst hit was the township...
COUNCIL INCREASES MONITORING OF FREEDOM CAMPING SITES
COUNCIL INCREASES MONITORING OF FREEDOM CAMPING SITES
5 April 2019
Western Bay of Plenty District Council will increase monitoring of freedom camping areas over the kiwifruit harvest season to ensure people are...
Council controlled organisations release half-yearly reports
Council controlled organisations release half-yearly reports
3 April 2019
Tauranga City Council received half-yearly reports from its council controlled organisations at yesterday's Finance, Audit and Risk Committee...
Opotiki District Council April Panui
Opotiki District Council April Panui
1 April 2019
All the news of Opotiki in the April...
Priority 1 March Newsletter
Priority 1 March Newsletter
29 March 2019
Please click here to download Priority One’s newsletter, covering activities and news relating to economic development during March...
The Urban Form and Transport Initiative
The Urban Form and Transport Initiative
28 March 2019
Working with the NZ Transport Agency, SmartGrowth are pleased to launch an important urban development and transport project for the western Bay...
New funding to deal with agrichemical and farm waste
New funding to deal with agrichemical and farm waste
28 March 2019
Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announced $381,000 in Government funding to enable farmers and growers to better deal with...
Taupo District Council reappoints chief executive
Taupo District Council reappoints chief executive
26 March 2019
Taupō District Council’s chief executive Gareth Green has been reappointed to the top job for another five years.   Mayor...
Rotorua to host first North Island GODZone event
Rotorua to host first North Island GODZone event
19 March 2019
Rotorua has secured the hosting rights to GODZone Chapter 9 in November 2020, making it the first North Island location in New Zealand to host the...
Taupo takes some top honours in IRONMAN athletes choice awards
Taupo takes some top honours in IRONMAN athletes choice awards
18 March 2019
The Taupō District is proving to be the place to be in IRONMAN circles following the release of the 2018 Athletes Choice...
NEXT STEP IN BOUNDARY ALTERATION BETWEEN WESTERN BAY AND TAURANGA UNDERWAY
NEXT STEP IN BOUNDARY ALTERATION BETWEEN WESTERN BAY AND TAURANGA UNDERWAY
15 March 2019
The Local Government Commission is calling for alternative applications to that received from Western Bay of Plenty District Council in November...
4 key questions from the Regional Council on the annual plan
4 key questions from the Regional Council on the annual plan
15 March 2019
Bay of Plenty residents will be asked to provide their feedback on four key questions later this month when the Bay of Plenty Regional Council...
Ministers priorities consultation on climate change
Ministers priorities consultation on climate change
15 March 2019
Changes to the Terms of Reference for the Interim Climate Change Committee will better prepare the Government to initiate meaningful change to key...
LGNZ says NZTA need to address the countrys investment needs
LGNZ says NZTA need to address the countrys investment needs
14 March 2019
Local Government New Zealand is calling on the government to ensure that the internal issues at the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) are fixed...
One Cup launched to reduce coffee cup waste
One Cup launched to reduce coffee cup waste
14 March 2019
Taupō District Council is partnering with a local business to tackle the increasing problem of disposable coffee cups going to...
Virtual reality game developed to activate te reo Maori in sports
Virtual reality game developed to activate te reo Maori in sports
14 March 2019
Puni Reo Pāhekoheko is a Māori language virtual reality game aimed at encouraging the use of te reo Māori in sports.   Developed...
Renewable electricity generation rises as gas supply constrained
Renewable electricity generation rises as gas supply constrained
14 March 2019
Despite a constrained gas supply and an increase in coal-fired generation, renewable sources made up almost 85 per cent of electricity generation...
No new contracts for Tauranga transportation upgrade and safety projects until NZTA funding is secured
No new contracts for Tauranga transportation upgrade and safety projects until NZTA funding is secured
13 March 2019
Tauranga City Council has instructed the Chief Executive of Tauranga City Council to cease awarding any new contracts for transportation upgrade...
LGNZ Scrapping SHAs hamstrings housing
LGNZ Scrapping SHAs hamstrings housing
13 March 2019
Local Government New Zealand is disappointed by the Government’s blanket decision to not renew the Special Housing Area (SHA) legislation,...
What does a good life for children and young people and youth wellbeing look like in Aotearoa
What does a good life for children and young people and youth wellbeing look like in Aotearoa
13 March 2019
What makes a good life for children and young people, and what does youth wellbeing look like in Aotearoa?   With this...
Tauranga impending housing shortage: developers urge collaboration to lobby Government
Tauranga impending housing shortage: developers urge collaboration to lobby Government
12 March 2019
At the first Tauranga City Council Urban Form and Transport Development Committee meeting today, Tauranga councillors heard an update on the city...
Great Ride Cycle Trail business case to move forward
Great Ride Cycle Trail business case to move forward
12 March 2019
The Whakatāne District Council has supported the submission of a revised business case seeking funding for the extension of the Mōtū Trails...
WESTERN BAY COUNCIL SIGNS OFF DRAFT ANNUAL PLAN
WESTERN BAY COUNCIL SIGNS OFF DRAFT ANNUAL PLAN
8 March 2019
​Proposed average district-wide general rate increase of 3.45%​   Western Bay of Plenty District Council has adopted its draft...
OECD report highlights NZ lack of national sea level rise framework
OECD report highlights NZ lack of national sea level rise framework
8 March 2019
A report released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides strong support for the recommendations given...
New research offers insights into how mothers choose and use early childhood education
New research offers insights into how mothers choose and use early childhood education
7 March 2019
Mothers, on average, take 25 weeks leave from work when they have a child, their use of teacher-led early childcare education (ECE) services...
New land and sea vessel to improve maritime operations
New land and sea vessel to improve maritime operations
7 March 2019
A new multi-purpose vessel was added to Bay of Plenty’s maritime fleet after being blessed by local kaumatua Josh Te Kani at a special...
Funding grants for regional cultural organisations open
Funding grants for regional cultural organisations open
7 March 2019
Applications to the fourth round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (RCHF) are now open, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage...
Funding to back nature and save our wildlife
Funding to back nature and save our wildlife
2 March 2019
New Government funding will see the Department of Conservation invest an extra $76 million over the next four years to address New Zealand’s...
Symposium- NZ political system broken
Symposium- NZ political system broken
1 March 2019
LGNZ’s Localism Symposium heard today how New Zealand’s highly centralised political system is failing New Zealand and we need to...
Tourism Infrastructure Fund to open 1 March
Tourism Infrastructure Fund to open 1 March
25 February 2019
The third round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) will be open for applications from 1 March 2019, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced...
Standards to make homes warm and dry released
Standards to make homes warm and dry released
24 February 2019
The new healthy homes standards to make rental properties warmer and drier were today announced by Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil...
Immigration NZ information seminar on people trafficking
Immigration NZ information seminar on people trafficking
22 February 2019
What is people trafficking? What might it look like? And what should you do if you think you see it happening?    Immigration NZ...
Boots on the ground driving Eastern Bay development
Boots on the ground driving Eastern Bay development
22 February 2019
The Eastern Bay of Plenty is looking to make the most of the Provincial Growth Fund and new economic opportunities with the appointment of two...
New infrastructure body welcomed by local government
New infrastructure body welcomed by local government
22 February 2019
Local Government New Zealand welcomes plans to form The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, and supports its aim to deliver long...
Tsunami Hikoi for Whakatane
Tsunami Hikoi for Whakatane
22 February 2019
Whakatane District Council staff and Emergency Management Bay of Plenty (EMBOP) are organising a Tsunami Hīkoi to encourage people to prepare for...
Turangi to host Inter-Council Sports Tournament
Turangi to host Inter-Council Sports Tournament
21 February 2019
​The spotlight will be on Turangi next month, when more than 400 local government staff from around the country descend on the southern end of...
Crown launches commitment to te reo Maori
Crown launches commitment to te reo Maori
21 February 2019
Minister Mahuta attended Te Matatini with the Prime Minister today to launch the finalised Maihi Karauna strategy. This strategy is the...
2019/20 Annual Plan changes likely for Whakatane
2019/20 Annual Plan changes likely for Whakatane
18 February 2019
The Whakatāne District Council's draft budget for the 2019/20 financial year will propose a number of changes from the work programme and...
Waiari Water Supply Scheme - Award of pipeline contract
Waiari Water Supply Scheme - Award of pipeline contract
18 February 2019
The build of Tauranga’s third water treatment plant is hitting a new milestone, with the contract for the first phase of construction of the...
Ministry of Youth Development Funding Open Now
Ministry of Youth Development Funding Open Now
12 February 2019
Two Funding Streams are open from the Ministry of Youth Development, for more information click here   Youth Development Funding...
Skills, trade and wellbeing key to building resilient economy
Skills, trade and wellbeing key to building resilient economy
8 February 2019
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says far-reaching reform of vocational training will be a priority for the Government in 2019.   In a...
Colour-coded recycling bins come to Whakatane streets
Colour-coded recycling bins come to Whakatane streets
7 February 2019
A recycling trial will begin this month in Whakatāne, with the aim of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill from public...
Latest research on employment assistance out
Latest research on employment assistance out
7 February 2019
Each year MSD summarises its evidence on the cost-effectiveness of its expenditure on employment assistance (EA) programmes and services and case...
Taupo District Council advertising chief executive role
Taupo District Council advertising chief executive role
5 February 2019
Taupō District Council is advertising its top management role as it looks to appoint a chief executive for the next five...
Whats bubbling below us in Rotorua
Whats bubbling below us in Rotorua
4 February 2019
GNS Science and Bay of Plenty Regional Council have been investigating volcanic hazards and deep geothermal energy resources in the Taupo Volcanic...
MAYORAL MENTORING EMBRACED BY CALE
MAYORAL MENTORING EMBRACED BY CALE
1 February 2019
Having completed a year-long local government mayoral leadership programme, Cale Borell is even more determined to one day become a force within...
Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes
Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes
1 February 2019
Farmers from the Rerewhakaaitu community are taking practical steps to protect water quality in their local lakes.   They have worked...
14 billion of council infrastructure at risk from sea level rise
14 billion of council infrastructure at risk from sea level rise
31 January 2019
As much as $14 billion of local government infrastructure is at risk from sea level rise, according a new LGNZ report, which calls on central...
Insulation boost means more warm dry homes
Insulation boost means more warm dry homes
29 January 2019
Community groups have given a boost to the Government’s new insulation programme Warmer Kiwi Homes, meaning in some parts of the country low...
Next steps in improving our response to family violence
Next steps in improving our response to family violence
25 January 2019
The Ministry of Justice has released a summary of feedback on draft guidance for information sharing under new family violence...
Bay of Connections - January news update
Bay of Connections - January news update
21 January 2019
Kia ora and Happy New Year – I trust you had a happy and relaxing festive season.   As we embark on 2019, we will be making...
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...
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...