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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...