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2023 Media Releases



2023 Media Releases

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is warning that the state of our roads could be the next infrastructure crisis if the Government does not adequately fund maintenance costs.

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) are calling for enduring changes to streamline future emergency responses, says President of LGNZ Stuart Crosby.

LGNZ's new guidance on parental leave and childcare allowances will make it easier for elected members to be both a parent and a leader, says LGNZ CE Susan Freeman-Greene.

Rural and Provincial Councils met for the first time this year at the end of last week. There was strong attendance despite many of our North Island councils still dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle. Through out the two-day event, we used Slido to gather feedback.  

We’re delighted to share with you new research we’ve undertaken with FrankAdvice on the value of public libraries. The report explores both the role of libraries as community hubs, their value as a vehicle for public service delivery, and their contribution to community wellbeing.

There are grave concerns that councils will lose their power to make the best planning decisions for their community under the new resource management system. 

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) wants the Future for Local Government Review panel to radically rethink how the country delivers public services, as Cyclone Gabrielle exposes the enormous challenges facing our regions. 

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has today launched Adopt-a-Community, a campaign that matches a council unaffected by Cyclone Gabrielle with a council and community badly hit.  

LGNZ is urging Government to take heed of what councils have long been calling for, and progress climate change legislation alongside other parts of Resource Management reform. 

Following months of feedback from you, we're happy to share our draft submission on the Future for Local Government (FFLG) draft report.  

Before Christmas, some elected members and councils received a message from an organisation known as Hobson’s Pledge arguing that LGNZ was providing councils with misleading advice regarding their obligations to Māori.   

Designed by and with local government, Ākona is LGNZ’s new learning and development programme, specifically designed for elected local government officials.  

The advice sets out relevant considerations that councils must have when making decisions about whether to stop or limit the provision of services infrastructure, and potential liability consequences that may flow from their decisions.