Three Waters 'better off' funding for local authorities

The Government has announced the first tranche of funding for Three Waters work totalling $500 million dollars.

Read more

3:27 PM, 5 April 2022

Resource management reform update

Last week the Taituarā Resource Management Reform Reference Group met to discuss the progress of the reform programme and how they can support the sector through the transition to the new system.

Read more

2:55 PM, 5 April 2022

Collaboration the key feature of 2022 LGFA Taituarā Excellence Awards®

Local authorities' strengths in partnering and collaborating in order to achieve great outcomes for the community is a key feature of the entries into this year’s LGFA Taituarā Excellence Awards.

Read more

11:28 AM, 28 March 2022

Lifting Māori representation in the 2022 Local Elections

With many councils establishing Māori wards last year, Taurikura NZ and Waikato-Tainui have collaborated to develop Maangai Taunaki, a series of waananga to support candidates, campaign supporters and community champions. This information will be of interest to those thinking about standing as a candidate in the 2022 Local Elections.

Read more

12:37 AM, 21 March 2022

Three Waters Rural Supplies Technical Working Group and water governance

In addition to the analysis of the Working Group on Representation, Governance and Accountability’s report and our own Taituarā analysis, we would like to highlight that the Three Waters Rural Supplies Technical Working Group is continuing to progress its work.

Read more

9:09 AM, 17 March 2022

Taituarā responds to Three Waters Governance Group Report

The Working Group on Representation, Governance and Accountability of new Water Services Entities reported back to the Minister for Local Government Nanaia Mahuta yesterday with 47 recommendations. Taituarā welcomes the Report and would like to offer some commentary on its contents.

Read more

1:51 PM, 10 March 2022

Highlights from our Future for Local Government roadshow

We’ve now completed our first series of online engagement focused on reimagining the future of local governance. Thanks so much to all who have participated. We would like to share the Roadshow's introductory video 'Ki te kāhore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi' (without foresight or vision the people will be lost), a brief initial summary of what we heard from participants, and some key files that were shared prior to the sessions.

Read more

1:05 PM, 9 March 2022

International Women’s Day: meet three new Taituarā kaimahi wahine

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias. To celebrate we would like to introduce three fantastic new members of the Taituarā team. Going clockwise from the top we have Jen Coatham, Annie Bond and Wendy Moore. We feel so lucky to have you all on board!

Read more

10:31 PM, 7 March 2022

Major IPPC report on climate change impacts and adaptation released

With so many crises occupying the limelight you may have missed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) anticipated release of the second part of its Sixth Assessment Report. It includes a chapter dedicated specifically to Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and focuses on preparing ourselves for the future.

Read more

11:08 AM, 7 March 2022

The importance of shade: Cancer Society resources for councils

New Zealanders need more shade in the places they live, learn, work and play. The cause of over 90 per cent of skin cancers is overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Councils play a crucial role in looking after the wellbeing of our communities by providing shade in our outdoor play and recreation areas.

Read more

2:44 PM, 4 March 2022

Latest New Zealand Garden Bird Survey results

This latest annual survey from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research into birds in Aotearoa New Zealand paints a rosy picture for most regions. This is in no small part down to the considerable range of conservation work councils perform across the motu. The results include detailed regional breakdowns of which native and exotic species are increasing and which ones are decreasing.

Read more

4:30 PM, 2 March 2022

Funding available for local government tourism facilities and celebrating Matariki

The Government has announced the sixth round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund which will allocate up to $25 million to support councils with high visitor numbers but small ratepayer bases.

Read more

1:24 PM, 2 March 2022

Change to Excellence Awards closing date

Due to the low number of entries in the Datacom Award for Transforming Services Delivery and the Capability Group Award for Organisation and People Development categories we have extended the deadline for written entries in these two categories only to Monday 14 March 2022, and the deadline for the video component and ticket purchase in these two categories to Monday 28 March 2022.

Read more

9:40 AM, 23 February 2022

Boosting local voice and accountability in the new resource management system

The Local Government Resource Management Reform Steering Group is currently consulting on how to better enable local democratic input and accountability in the future resource management system. Feedback should be provided by 15 March 2022. Taituarā invites you to join us online for an opportunity to ask the Steering Group members any questions you have on 24 February 2022.

Read more

1:41 PM, 16 February 2022

Improving disclosure of natural hazard information in LIMs

Councils would have greater confidence with respect to providing natural hazard information on LIMs through nationally consistent legislation now on the horizon. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) will be engaging with local government from February through to April on the operation and implementation of changes to LGOIMA, focussing on how this can be implemented successfully and the role of regional councils.

Read more

10:50 AM, 16 February 2022

It’s a wrap: Five things Taituarā ‘nailed’ in 2021, and five things to look out for in 2022

With just a few weeks of 2021 to go, it’s a great time to reflect on this past year. Although the ongoing uncertainties presented by COVID-19 have kept us on our toes, the Taituarā team has kept busy and achieved a lot. We are also excited and looking forward to next year. So here are five things key things we’ve done in 2021, and five things to look out for in 2022.

Read more

9:19 AM, 20 December 2021

Gore District Council plugs gap with Hei Taituarā service

When Gore District Council’s Chief Executive Stephen Parry was looking to fill a temporary gap his team, he got in touch with Hei Taituarā, an executive support service for the local government sector offered by Taituarā.

Read more

10:37 AM, 17 December 2021

2022 Australasian Management Challenge launched

The new season of the Australasian Management Challenge delivered by Local Government Professionals Australia in partnership with Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa, LGPro Victoria and Local Government Managers Australia Queensland is underway with the official launch of the 2022 programme.

Read more

9:48 AM, 7 December 2021

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou

Our office will be closed from Thursday 23 December 2021 and will reopen on Monday 10 January 2022. Our team wishes you warm wishes for the Christmas and New Year period and looks forward to working with you again in 2022.

Read more

3:30 PM, 2 December 2021

Changes to freedom camping on the way

Change is on the horizon for rules in relation to freedom camping in vehicles on land managed by local authorities.

Read more

9:41 AM, 1 December 2021

Taituarā Great CD Competition winners announced

Fifty-six councils entered this year's Taituarā Great CD Competition. The quality of this year's entries was very high. Congratulations to the winner Waipā District Council as well as to Central Hawke’s Bay District Council which was highly commended. We hope all councils will be able to learn from these winning entries as well as the other finalists' Consultation Documents which will shortly be available on our LGSectorGoodToolkit.

Read more

11:47 AM, 22 November 2021

Library general managers: we would love to hear from you

Taituarā and Public Libraries New Zealand (PLNZ) are looking for general managers responsible for their council's library (or libraries) and who are willing to take a short survey. This will allow us to establish, and later build upon, the unique role libraries play in promoting community well-being across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read more

12:42 AM, 18 November 2021

Bill aims to increase transparency within local government

A member’s bill that would require local body politicians to declare potential conflicts of interest is currently open for public consultation. The Local Government (Pecuniary Interests Register) Amendment Bill aims to apply similar levels of transparency to local government elected officials as is already required of Members of Parliament.

Read more

5:54 PM, 16 November 2021

New decision-making framework for earthquake-prone council buildings

Councils across Aotearoa New Zealand face difficult decisions regarding their earthquake-prone buildings. In response to this issue a recommended decision-making framework, which will help council staff make choices more confidently and robustly, has been released by BRANZ.

Read more

3:11 PM, 16 November 2021

COVID-19 related commercial leasing provisions pass into law

The Government has signed the ability for tenants of commercial properties to negotiate some rent relief from their landlords into law. This applies if they have have been unable to fully conduct their business at leased premises due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Read more

10:48 AM, 16 November 2021