Infrastructure, funding, regional development and civic participation will be priorities for 2018, while the four wellbeings could be reinstated.
The Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Local Government.
E nga mana, e nga reo, tatou katoa – Tena koutou.
As the new Minister of Local Government this is an opportunity to foreshadow my...
Craig Davidson, MD, AECOM New Zealand
Infrastructure is one of the most complex challenges of this century. Good solutions positively impact communities, connect people and fundamentally impact lives. But today more than ever, outcomes need more than just technical expertise.
As an industry, it is our ability to bring together...
Need now critical: a Royal Commission into local government activities, resourcing and structures.
Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive, Infrastructure New Zealand
In this column last year, I wrote that the requirements being placed on local government to protect the environment, grow the economy, deliver local services and keep rates down...
The long-awaited, and much-debated Resource Legislation Amendment Bill should finally pass into law in 2017. But any new regime must meet the needs of a very different world to the one envisaged a quarter of a century ago when the legislation first came into effect.
Gary Taylor, Chief Executive, Environmental Defence Society
Financial, land planning, policy and infrastructure risks need to be addressed in tandem.
Peter Higgs, President, IPWEA NZ
The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan was released in August 2015. One year on, the National State of Infrastructure Report 2016 showed that good progress is being made in the delivery of infrastructure...
Workplace safety, long-term training needs, qualifications and closer links with local government tender attributes will continue to dominate Connexis’ commitment to developing a competent, qualified infrastructure workforce.
David Worsnop, Interim Chief Executive, Connexis
Last year was filled with challenges and opportunities for...
With elections and important new legislation being debated, 2016 was a big year for local government.
Sarah Lineham, Acting Assistant Auditor-General, Local Government
Reflections from our audits: Governance and accountability
Principles for effectively co-governing natural resources...
It would be a mistake to only focus on the problems of today at the expense of anticipating our future transport system needs.
Fergus Gammie, Chief Executive, New Zealand Transport Agency
I have been in my role as head of the Transport Agency since March 2016 but I’ve been working in the transport industry an awful lot longer. So...
The recent earthquakes highlight the need for pragmatic policies on aggregates and access to urban quarry sites.
Roger Parton, Chief Executive, Aggregate and Quarry Association of New Zealand
As this article was being finalised, the earthquakes affecting Kaikoura, Marlborough, North Canterbury and even Wellington occurred with...