Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Communities crucial to recession recovery

Draft MEDIA RELEASE
Communities crucial to recession recovery
For immediate release on 28 May 2009


“Today’s Budget clearly outlines the government’s commitment to working with local communities to boost the economy and heighten job prospects.

"However, there is more that needs to be done – and it requires greater investment in the overall relationship between central and local government," says Local Government New Zealand President Lawrence Yule.

"To begin with, the network of roads, water and IT infrastructure owned and maintained by councils represents a platform of growth for the economy that cannot be ignored, and provides the most easily accessible opportunity to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

"Yet the government has yet to engage substantively with our member councils – collectively the country’s biggest owner of infrastructure - on this point.

"As well, increasing funding to local councils, rather than forcing them to look to their debt reserves to fund capital expenditure, would go a long way towards mitigating the impacts of a slower economy.

"The Government must also lead a range of initiatives which offer benefits for communities at a local level.”

Mr Yule says his organisation is buoyed by the Government's undertaking to strengthen community wellbeing with ongoing social support projects. “We support its commitment to rolling out home insulation, both as an effective form of economic stimulus, and to improve the health and wellbeing of house-holders across New Zealand.

"Anything that enhances our communities' wellbeing will ensure our towns and cities are best-placed to deal with the effects of a recession and recover from them.”

He added that Local Government New Zealand would work with the Government on mechanisms to help deliver the scheme.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list


Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

ALSO:


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

ALSO:

Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages