Stormwater management


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.

Local Government and community well-being e-learning



Have you heard about the recently launched SOLGM Local Government & Community Well-being e-learning?

The suite of interactive e-learning modules are aimed at introducing local government staff to the recent changes to the Local Government Act.

Module 1: An Introduction to Community Well-being

In this course you’ll learn about:

  • The history behind the shift to New Zealand’s well-being outlook.
  • Central Government’s Living Standards Framework approach to well-being measurement.
  • How central and local government approaches to well-being measurement align.
  • The four community well-beings and their indicators.
  • How progress is measured based on well-being indicators.

Module 2: How the Local Government Act Changed and what this means for Councils and Communities 

In this course you’ll learn about:

  • Changes to the Local Government Act.
  • What the changes mean for councils and communities.
  • How activities connect to community well-being outcomes.
  • How councils can involve their community in decision making.
  • Best practice methods of engagement.


To find out more about the Local Government & Community Well-being please contact SOLGM directly –

You can also visit the SOLGM website

Solid waste management feature

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.


Drinking water feature in February 2020


In February 2020’s issue of Local Government Magazine we will be covering potable or drinking water. If you have any news, projects or case studies you are interested in sharing with our readers please contact me via email or phone, on 021 411 890.

We are gathering content at present and would like to have all material on hand by mid-December. Production of February’s issue will begin on January 14th.

If you are interested in previous coverage of potable water either visit our website or access our archives at You’ll be asked to create a digital user ID and this will ensure free delivery of the magazine each month.


Charles Fairbairn




Innovation in green infrastructure

With our physical infrastructure coming under more pressure NZ councils are responding by blending natural environmental systems with man-made engineered solutions, and reaping benefits from what is described as green infrastructure.

In our September editorial feature we take a look at new approaches to green infrastructure, and the nature of these benefits this approach is yielding for local authorities. If your council is interested in contributing to this topic please make contact.

In keeping with with our editorial approach we will be inviting contributions from consultants and suppliers on this subject. If you have any more questions please email Charles Fairbairn.

From the LG team,



 Forum set to begin site-specific deliberations — South-East Marine Protection Forum

The South-East Marine Protection Forum met in Dunedin for two days on 28 and 29 May in final preparation before beginning their site-specific deliberations. Prior to this meeting, the Forum had been working on gathering together a number of resources to assist in its deliberations. These resources include an independent Summary of Submissions, an independent […]

via  Forum set to begin site-specific deliberations — South-East Marine Protection Forum

Petone to Melling Cycleway — isthmus blog

The proposed Wellington to Hutt Valley Walking and Cycling Link (W2HV) will be a game-changing connection in Wellington region’s cycling and walking network. It offers a healthy and safe route around the harbour edge and beyond. This has long been a missing link for walkers and cyclists. The project is divided into three sections. NZTA are currently seeking public feedback […]

via Petone to Melling Cycleway — isthmus blog

Innovation in Urban Pathways

In August’s issue of Local Government magazine we are running an editorial feature on urban pathways, and looking at the innovative approach those responsible for bike paths and walking trails are bringing to the task.

Demand for these pathways is requiring councils to re-think asset strategies and the designers and landscape architects engaged are responding to the challenge.

August’s issue will be distributed at the 2017 LGNZ Conference and will include results from the annual LGNZ awards. The Conference theme of ‘Creating Pathways to 2050: Liveable Spaces & Loveable Places’ is certainly an apt background for this editorial.

If you are interested in contributing to the discussion on this topic please contact editor Ruth Le Pla  for more details.


The LG magazine team.