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

 


Funding and infrastructure funding models explored

23 July 2014

For immediate release

Local government funding and infrastructure funding models explored at LGNZ Conference

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) held an in-depth master class session on infrastructure funding as part of its conference at Nelson with more than 100 council managers, elected members and local government stakeholders attending.

The session included discussion around the LGNZ Local Government Funding Review and infrastructure funding.

Presenters stated funding needs to be re-looked at because demographics of communities are changing, assets are ageing and technology is opening up a new range of possibilities for service delivery and asset management.

The key question posed for New Zealand communities is how do we replace infrastructure, whether roads, water or sporting infrastructure, when the communities remain largely the same and the initial infrastructure was government subsidised.

Speakers included PwC Partner Bruce Wattie, Local Government Funding Agency Chairman Craig Stobo, SportNZ Facilities Manager Richard Lindsay and Director of management consultancy firm that specialises in public sector McGredy Winder & Co, Peter Winder.

LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says the master class reinforced the strong need for the LGNZ Local Government Funding Review, launched in April, to identify new funding options that can complement councils’ current funding tools.

“The required changes in funding requirements will place severe pressure on current funding models and complementary alternatives should be considered. Understanding the demand and funding options, whether it be metering and charging for water or public private partnerships, will require considerable engagement with our communities,” Mr Yule says.

Affordability can also be managed through modular sporting facilities and Sport and Recreation New Zealand are working in a number of areas to develop regional plans for aquatic and indoor facilities.

The key theme of the session was sharing of knowledge and the need to involve experts for advice. LGNZ’s Centre of Excellence, EquiP, was recently launched to support councils in this work. It works directly with council staff, mayors and elected members to provide customised guidance and tools to drive efficiency and effect throughout local government to support governance and management excellence.

The 2014 LGNZ Conference took place 20-22 July at Nelson, with more than 550 local government delegates attending to take part in master class sessions, hear presentations from high profile speakers about significant issues and opportunities facing the sector. The theme of the conference was Powering Local Economies, Building Vibrant Communities.

*Ends*


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Russel Norman Resignation

While not the decisive factor, last year’s election result must have made it easier for Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman to finally call it a day. After three years of solid campaigning on social justice, economic and environmental issues – and amidst another round of self-destruction by Labour, its ally and rival on the centre-left – the Greens had realistically expected to end up close to 15 % on election day. Instead, it barely held its own, and failed to increase its vote.

This would have been an especially bitter result for Norman. For the past six years, Norman has been the de facto leader of the Opposition – especially after Labour lost the plot with a series of inept leaders and a chronic identity crisis about what, if anything, it now stood for. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news