International Speaker Series-webinar invite

International speaker series webinar – UN climate champions – Wednesday June 30th @9am. On behalf of The Climate Change Commission we extend an invitation to all LGNZ members interested in attending this webinar. Attendees will be joined by the UN’s ‘high-level champions for climate action’ to discuss the Race to Zero and the run up to COP26Continue reading “International Speaker Series-webinar invite”

Comparative information for council budgets and services

To meet financial challenges councils are being asked to re-examine their budget processes and content and improved levels of performance. Larry Mitchell says this can be achieved through his CPR lifeSaver services, which benchmarks what other councils have already been able to achieve. “For example, if council A has run consistently much lower expenditures perContinue reading “Comparative information for council budgets and services”

Parks and playground feature- September

Park and Playground feature-September 2020 In September’s issue of the magazine we feature new community assets that have either recently opened or are due to open this year. If your council or organisation has a project completed or one underway, and would like to share this with our readership we would like to hear aboutContinue reading “Parks and playground feature- September”

The grass is greener in lockdown level 2

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 ofContinue reading “The grass is greener in lockdown level 2”

Business as usual

While New Zealand is in lockdown mode it will be business but not as usual for local authorities. Deemed to be an essential service provider much will be asked of these entities over the next month. We are committed to covering the business of local government at this critical juncture. In addition to our monthlyContinue reading “Business as usual”

Planning editorial feature- developing LTPs for 2021-2031

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 isContinue reading “Planning editorial feature- developing LTPs for 2021-2031”

Cyber security

As with any big business councils are vulnerable to cyber crime, but have an even greater commitment to, and obligation to protect, rate payer privacy. In our May issue we run a feature on the latest developments and solutions in cyber security services. If your team or council is interested in providing any comment orContinue reading “Cyber security”

GIS Modelling editorial feature

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 manageContinue reading “GIS Modelling editorial feature”

GHD announces new appointment

  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.Continue reading “GHD announces new appointment”

Report navigates well-being obligations

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 theContinue reading “Report navigates well-being obligations”