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.
Councils across the country are facing a flood of bills to replace ageing water pipes, sewers and drains put down in the 1960s and they are calling on the Government to help plan and pay for the replacement infrastructure, which Local Government New Zealand says will cost up to $100 billion.
In today's email, we look at the bubbling up of the water debate, detail the increasing pressure on the Government to help fund tourism infrastructure, and reveal how life is about to get tougher for real estate agents thanks to new legislation and new technology.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Thursday.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Wednesday.