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 […]

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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.


Innovation in roading corridor management

In July’s issue of Local Government magazine we will be running an editorial feature on innovation in roading corridor management. It’s an exciting time to be working in the corridor- the environment is more dynamic with competing management system suppliers and disruptive change in transport modes.

If you and your team are interested in contributing to this feature please contact us for further details. What is your council doing that reflects this innovative attitude? Is it business as usual in this data-rich environment?

We would welcome an inside word on how local authorities are embracing the challenge. Please contact us via email before May 30th,

Many thanks,

Team LG magazine


Innovation in stormwater management

Whenever a storm or rain event lashes the country there’s a good chance that rainwater overflow carrying toxins and contaminants will spill into our rivers and harbours.

Replacing an ageing infrastructure network is a recognisable long-term solution, but there are a range of methodologies that can be deployed too. Innovative design  can often help lessen the impact of heavy rain, particularly in urban areas.

In our May issue of LG magazine we are running an editorial on innovation in stormwater management, and talking with a leading group of consultants about what is considered the current ‘best practice.’

If your council is involved in a stormwater management programme or project that reflects the challenge- we’d be very interested to hear about. Please contact Charles Fairbairn or Ruth Le Pla for further discussion.

We look forward to tackling this subject.






Innovation in parks and facilities management

In May’s issue of LG magazine our editorial feature will focus on innovation in parks and recreation management. Kiwis still yearn for the Great Outdoors, yet virtual reality is beginning to tug..How are local authorities keeping leisure facilities up to date with new technologies, and what products are drawing the public?  Is management of diverse parks and playground assets still a constant challenge?

If you are interested in sharing insights on how your asset management team is meeting these challenges then we’d be interested in your comments. Our feature writer will be interviewing a short list of suppliers and consultants- if you want to suggest a company to include please do so. We would appreciate your feedback before March 4th.

Please contact Charles Fairbairn via email for further feedback on this editorial feature.


Streetlighting technology

In March 2017’s issue Local Government magazine will feature an editorial on advances in street-lighting technology.

Manufacturers are making bold claims about new LED lights. Yet switching to LED is not a simple decision. What do authorities joining this revolution need to consider?

If you are interested in commenting on this topic we are interested to hear from authorities installing new technology. We are identifying a list of suppliers and asking them about advances in lighting technology. The deadline for confirming your interest is January 16th.

Copies of March’s issue will be distributed to all local authorities nationwide, and a digital version of the magazine posted online and emailed to council communication staff.