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In today's email we detail the developments in infrastructure funding.
The Government has unveiled in one fell swoop all the infrastructure projects that will use up all the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund announced in July last year. The fund will back 40 roading, bridging and water projects across Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Queenstown to underpin the opening up of 60,000 sections over the next ten years and up to 103,000 sections in the longer run.
In today's email we detail the arrival of the first projects to use the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).
In today's email we look at possible changes that Government hopes would result in a "more dynamic" council sector when it comes to consenting.
As the water debate heats up ahead of the election, traditional advocacy groups have united with the tourism industry and public health researchers to warn of reputational damage to our tourism and agriculture industries, and health risks for rural children.
In today's email we dig into the Government's signalling around housing, infrastructure and urban water quality.
The Government, along with local government, is sending out a message that, if New Zealanders want improved water quality, they are going to have to accept higher Council rates – and even higher section and house prices.