Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


LGNZ welcomes appointment of Hon David Carter

LGNZ welcomes appointment of Hon David Carter

Local Government New Zealand welcomes today’s appointment of Hon David Carter as the new Minister of Local Government.

“We look forward to working with Mr Carter,” says LGNZ President, Lawrence Yule.

“Our new Chief Executive Malcolm Alexander also started today, so an influx of new people bringing fresh ideas to the table is a positive prospect,” Mr Yule said.

“We have an interesting year ahead, as the local government sector works with central government in implementing appropriate aspects of the Better Local Government reforms”.

“We will also not hesitate to put the case for alternatives, and highlight what we see as shortcomings in proposed legislation where the needs of the sector are not understood, or are not being met.”

LGNZ supports Better Local Government in principle but there are caveats:

• Amalgamation must remain optional and be up to local communities. One size does not fit all.

• Councils must remain responsible to their communities, not central government.

• Local government is one of two tiers of government empowered in its own right. Its strength is its closeness to the people.

• Debt is essential for funding infrastructure and spreading costs and benefits over generations.

• Local government must be free to provide services where gaps exist (where this passes the ‘public good’ test).

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: "For the second time in a week, international assessments show we have a problem... We need to put more resources into schools in high poverty communities to ensure all kids get the support they need."

New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

 

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news