Pic caption – storm damage on Routeburn Track, February 2020.
In the April issue of Local Government magazine we discuss stormwater and the challenges of managing severe weather events, and the continued trend for GI projects in urban stormwater infrastructure. We welcome your contribution to this discussion.
Asset managers and consultants are invited to contribute to this topic- please contact Alan Titchall if you would like to participate in this feature. Editorial deadline is March 2nd.
We look forward to hearing from interested parties.
NPDC staff haven’t been letting the grass grow under their feet since getting back on the fields after the Covid-19 lockdown.
With winter sports looming fast and people heading out to enjoy the last of the golden autumn weather, the team has gone that extra mile to get our parks and reserves – some of which went up to 8 weeks without a good mow during the unprecedented state of national emergency – back into top nick.
The district has about 283 hectares of grass along our 82km of walkways and 1,600 hectares of parks and reserves.
“It’s a huge area to mow, but we’ve been pulling out all the stops and taken on extra contractors that’s helped us to catch up with the backlog in some areas, while working under safe Alert Level 2 working rules. Employing the additional contractors is also a boost for local workers as we all work to get us Back On Our Feet,” said NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford.
“We’re lucky to have so many awesome green spaces, which are a big feature of our Lifestyle Capital, especially as we gear up for the winter sports season.”
The grass area includes 24 sports fields and some of the turf, like Yarrow Stadium, the Pukekura Park cricket ground and Puke Ariki Landing, requires special care.
NPDC has 12 full-time equivalent staff on lawnmowing operations, and contractors help year round on areas such as steep banks and outside the main urban areas. The team has also finished upgrading council sports fields and fully renewed the Pukekura Park outfield and cricket wickets.
Next year local authorities present new LTPs for approval, as per statutory requirements, and the process of collecting and communicating the documents is a lengthy, complex task.
In our May issue of Local Government magazine we will look at planning and the different challenges that creating a local authority plan generates. If your council is interested in participating in the editorial please contact Alan Titchall for more details.
In April’s issue we look at geospatial information modelling in the current local government context.
The level of data generated from modelling software and the detail made available for ratepayers are important service offerings for local authorities.
We are interested in hearing back from GIS officers about the challenges they are facing as they manage data resources- if you would like to contribute please contact myself or Alan Titchall. Our deadline for content submissions is April 6th.
GHD has announced the appointment of a new manager for the New Zealand/Pacific region.
Seeing herself as a ‘leader of culture’, Van Tang is making a move across the Tasman as GHD’s Regional General Manager – New Zealand/Pacific. Van succeeds Al Monro who has taken up a new role as Commercial Manager, New Zealand.
Van has led GHD’s operations in South Australia since 2014, doubling revenue and employee numbers while also diversifying the portfolio of clients.
Van is passionate about building high-performing and diverse teams. She is a civil engineer with extensive experience in infrastructure, aviation and defence.
“The infrastructure challenges facing New Zealand – from water regulation to transportation and housing – put higher expectations on consultants to challenge current thinking and push the boundaries of what’s possible,” Van says. “Our performance is intrinsically linked to the range of skills, and diversity of background and experience we bring to our clients’ challenges.”
The NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) launched a report last month to support local government chief executives and managers in their statutory responsibility to promote the well-being of their communities.
The report, Navigating Critical Transitions for the 21st Century, outlines five transitions that the sector needs to steer their communities through over the next decades, and a framework to structure thinking on how each transition can be made.
Amongst all the things that councils do, the critical transitions are: transition to low emissions living, transition to living in a disrupted climate, transition to a low waste society, transition to community interconnectedness, transition to learning-empowered communities.
SOLGM chief executive, Karen Thomas, says the report is an extension of SOLGM’s community well-being work and thinking about what we need to do over the next 30 years to reach a state of ‘well-being’.
“Each transition can be applied to a framework, which helps us to think about what is challenging us, and where we should be applying our energy and attention.
“There is already some fantastic work happening around these transitions, including at a Central government level. We’ll assist the sector to apply national frameworks and policies at a practical, local level with their communities.”
Over the next five years, she adds, the association will support the sector to lead their communities through change, and to articulate and navigate these transitions.
In our March 2020 issue we look at how councils are meeting their waste management responsibilities and the options available.
Are solar-powered compacting public rubbish bins going to save our local authorities manpower hours or are they a gimmick solution? Will more councils follow Queenstown-Lakes and impose a visitor levy to manage the strain on resources?
We are interested in all manner of waste management services and products. Please contact us if you are interested in writing for this topic. Contact Alan Titchall via email for editorial, and Charles Fairbairn via email or phone 021411890 to discuss advertising.