A panel at a big infrastructure conference in Auckland has blasted authorities for being all talk and no action over desperately-needed housing and transport fixes
Phil Twyford says he will draw up what he calls an action plan with the beleaguered construction industry to address its deep-rooted problems, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Fonterra's Chairman John Wilson stepped down for health reasons, potentially re-opening a debate about Fonterra's future structure. Various community leaders and economists called on the Government to relax its debt limits to invest in infrastructure, but Winston Peters and Grant Robertson say they aren't planning any relaxation until after the 2020 election.
Councils want the power to collect or receive GST and income taxes so they can pay for expensive infrastructure needed for population and tourism growth. Bernard Hickey argues they would need to improve their governance and accountability first.
The strains on New Zealand’s water infrastructure were a hot topic at a local government summit this week. Everyone is preparing for change, but concrete decisions from the Government still appear some time away, Sam Sachdeva reports.
The government wants a better understanding of how local bodies are funding their increasing cost base and infrastructure needs without simply relying on higher rates, and has asked the Productivity Commission to investigate.
In today's email we looked into how the new Government's unallocated capital spending is being eaten away by unexpected dead rats left by the departing Government.
In today's email we dig into the continuing standoff between local and central Government over paying for the infrastructure needed to cope with a growing population, increased tourist numbers and tougher water standards.
The Government’s new tourism infrastructure fund of $100 million over the next four years fails as an answer to the rising costs of tourism and very few councils will be eligible to apply, say local authorities. They have renewed their calls instead for a levy on tourists when they arrive plus a share of GST, Lynn Grieveson reports.
Both tap water and bottled water are high on the menu for Councils as they tussle with the Government over water quality standards and water allocation.