Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has addressed the annual gathering of mayors and councillors, calling for improvements in water quality, but shying away from full council amalgamations, as David Williams reports.
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.
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A water industry group has questioned why the public is no clearer on how to better manage the resource, six months after the Government took power.
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Local councils are facing a string of daunting challenges, ranging from sea level rise to massive infrastructure bills. Shane Cowlishaw explores how their relationship with the new Government will be integral in how they handle those challenges.
Online voting could feature at the next local council elections, but local bodies want the Government to share the costs after an earlier trial was axed. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
New Labour Leader Andrew Little has pledged not to go into the 2017 election with same Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and New Zealand Superannuation polices that helped cost Labour the last two elections.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Wednesday, including Nanaia Mahuta's bid for the Labour leadership, Judith Collins' angry reaction to a snub from John Key and news of record high meat exports.