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

 


LGNZ urges Kiwis to get behind newly elected mayors

LGNZ urges Kiwis to get behind newly elected mayors and councillors
 
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) President, Lawrence Yule, has congratulated New Zealand’s newly elected and re-elected mayors, councillors, and local and community board members and urged the public to get behind them.
 
“All across the country successful candidates will be now contemplating the very important work that New Zealand communities have tasked them with, by electing them as their leaders,” said Mr Yule.
 
“We would like to congratulate the key leaders of our largest cities, our regional councils, our small towns and those in our rural hinterland.

“Each of our new mayors has a strong vision for the future of their community, and together with their team of elected councillors and board members, will be carrying out their daily work very publicly and making big decisions on your behalf,” says Mr Yule.
 
“We should celebrate and support our new leaders, who will be the frontrunners in moving their elected teams towards the common goal of achieving a stronger and successful future for their community.”
 
With the complex environment in which local government operates and the new mayoral powers coming into effect immediately post-election, LGNZ will be providing support to help elected mayors and councillors to hit the ground running, including workshops specifically designed to address the newly introduced changes, as well as fine-tuning the wide range of skills each candidate brings to a local government setting.
 
While final numbers are yet to be confirmed, overall turn-out in local authority elections is likely to be lower than 2010’s 49.4 per cent, with an anticipated turn-out of eligible voters between 42 and 44 per cent.  Taking out the 2010 impacts of Auckland’s Super City and Christchurch’s earthquake which prompted voter turn-out, it is likely that 2013 will be comparable to the 2007 figure of 44 per cent.
 
At this point in the process, voters in the Mackenzie District Council area were the most proactive, with 61 per cent.  Hurunui District Council was recorded as having the lowest voter turn-out nationally at 31 per cent.
 
“It’s commendable that a good proportion of New Zealanders are having their say in how they want their local authorities to run, including having a clear understanding of the vast range of services their local governments are responsible and the impact that decisions around these services may have on them directly,” says Mr Yule.
 
“But there is more work to do.  Moving forward, LGNZ’s next step is to make key decisions on how to better improve New Zealanders understanding of local government and its responsibilities and action any new initiatives that will emerge.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news