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


Council meeting: In brief

Council meeting: In brief

At the Environment Southland council meeting today, several key decisions were made.

Rates set
Environment Southland today set the rating level for the 2015/16 financial year, reflecting the core services and work programmes outlined in the Council’s Long-term Plan, which was adopted in June. Overall rate levels, as signalled in the Plan, will go up by 6.5% this year, with some ratepayers experiencing increases and some decreases depending on their own property value movements relative to other Southland properties. The amount being collected via rates accounts for 51% of Councils revenue for the year.

Airborne Geophysical Survey Project Involvement
Today Councillors agreed to contribute up to $250,000 to the airborne geophysical survey project being undertaken in Southland over the next two years. The survey will be a complement to the work being done on the physiographic zones and the Council’s science programme.

Environmental Enhancement Fund approval
Councillors agreed to approve a grant of $10,180 for Charlie and Emma Smaill from the Environmental Enhancement Fund. The grant amounts to 50% of the total cost of work the couple plan to use to undertake weed control on the Glenlapa Station, particularly for gorse, broom and woody weeds such as hawthorn on the edges of four proposed QEII covenants totalling 141.3ha.

Invoicing annual charges
Council today adopted a policy that outlines when annual charges will be invoiced and how they will be applied for consent holders. The policy aims to ensure a consistent approach to how and when annual charges are applied so that applicants know what charges they will incur when they apply for a resource consent.

Forest and Bird declaration
At the Council meeting today, Councillors directed staff not to join Forest and Bird’s declaratory judgement proceedings, but to keep a watching brief on these proceedings. Forest and Bird are seeking to have the Environment Court declare that excreta from animals are a discharge under legislation. The judgement could have wide ranging impacts on regional councils as it would mean that animal extreta would require a discharge permit if no rule existed in a plan or national environmental standard to permit the activity.

Indigenous Vegetation Clearance
Feedback following field days for hill and high country development in 2014 clearly showed that there was significant confusion within the rural community about which council is the controlling authority in regard to indigenous vegetation clearance. Council made a commitment to discuss the issues with the Southland District, Gore District and Invercargill City Councils. These discussions have been underway with staff from all councils and today four councillors were appointed to commence more formal discussions with Southland District Council on how the indigenous vegetation clearance process and responsibilities could be managed forward. They are Councillors Rodway, Horrell, Riddell and Cockburn.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

RNZ Explainer: Why You Should Care About Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's shares have lost billions of dollars in value after something to do with data used by Cambridge Analytica. Confused? Here's what it means, and what could come next. Cambridge Analytica is a London-based consulting firm. It is under pressure over allegations it uses illegally obtained data and social media manipulation to influence elections.

Those claims come from Christopher Wylie, 28, who told The Guardian he helped found the company and that he came up with the technique which combined psychological profiling and information warfare. More>>


Overseas Investment in Forestry:Amendments Proposed To Screening Regime

Hon David Parker Associate Minister of Finance 20 March 2018 Amendments proposed to forestry rights screening regime Investments in sensitive land involving forestry rights will be brought into the scope of the Overseas Investment Act ... More>>

Air NZ Independence: Jones' Air NZ Comments 'a Step Too Far' - PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reined in New Zealand First minister Shane Jones after he called for the chairman of Air New Zealand to be sacked...More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The (Looming) Nurses’ Strike

It is (almost) possible to feel a bit sorry for the DHB negotiators engaged in the current nurses pay round. Come next Monday there’s every sign that nurses will resoundingly reject the pay offer the DHBs have put on the table, as being totally inadequate...More>>


Dolphins In Danger: More measures to protect

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage are accelerating work to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin, after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula. More>>


EQC Shakeup: Changes to EQC Act Announced

The Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Megan Woods has today announced changes to the EQC scheme.“Cabinet has carefully considered the proposals regarding changes to the Earthquake Commission Act,” Megan Woods said. “The changes that we have agreed on will improve how the Act functions and enable the scheme to work more effectively for future natural disasters. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The PM’s Indonesian Guest, And West Papua

As David Lange once said, it is almost impossible to get New Zealand to think about Indonesia, the huge nation sitting right on our doorstep.More>>


Out By 24,000: Treasury Child Poverty Estimate Wrong

The Treasury has revised the child-poverty projections it provided to the Government in December 2017. As outlined in the Treasury’s 17 January media release, the previous estimate was based on code that included a modelling error...More>>


Mentions Russia: NZ Joins Condemnation Of Nerve Agent Attack

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has grave concerns over the use of a chemical nerve agent in the United Kingdom resulting in critically serious injuries to some of those exposed. More>>


IPCA (And Privacy Commission): Police's “Exit International” Checkpoint Was Illegal

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were not justified in stopping vehicles at a vehicle checkpoint to identify individuals who had attended an “Exit International” meeting in Lower Hutt on 2 October 2016. More>>





Featured InfoPages