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


Budget’s support for communities welcomed by LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the increased support that the Government’s Budget 2018 will provide for communities through housing, regional development and environmental preservation.

Funding for an additional 6,400 public houses over the next four years and a $15.0 million spend over the coming year for papakāinga housing recognises the issues around supply and affordability long identified by local government and the $143 million in grants to insulate and heat owner occupied lower income homes aligns strongly with LGNZ’s healthy homes workstream in the Housing 2030 initiative.

“The Budget’s commitment to public, community and transitional housing is heartening as housing is a key issue for our cities, towns and regions,” says LGNZ President Dave Cull.

The Budget recognises the need for economic growth as well as a transition to a net zero emissions future by setting aside $100 million of new capital funding for a Green Investment Fund.

“The Government’s investment in high value, low carbon industries and new jobs in clean tech is a good start towards fresh economic growth and a transition towards a zero emissions economy.”

LGNZ is leading significant work on climate change and sees that future budgets need to also make provision for proactive climate change adaptation measures.

On the conservation front, a significant spend on initiatives to protect biodiversity is welcomed.

“The importance of New Zealand’s biodiversity cannot be underestimated and an additional $181.6 million for conservation alleviates the pressure on regional councils who have been working hard on biodiversity and conservation.”

Funding that will respond to issues raised in the first stage of the Government’s Three Waters Review has also been identified as a step in the right direction, but LGNZ sees this as an area where substantially more expenditure will be required in the future.

“Future three waters infrastructure provision and funding is one of the biggest issues for local government and we’re pleased to see a modest inclusion in the Budget towards addressing the issues around water infrastructure.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The M Bovis Outbreak

As the public keeps on being told, there is no risk at all to human health from cows infected with Mycoplasma bovis. In that respect, it is not at all like mad cow disease.

Even so, the M bovis outbreak is still doing the head in of Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, who will be announcing on Monday whether the government intends going down the ‘eradication’ or the ‘management’ path with respect to the outbreak. More>>


RNZ: Fishing Industry Lies Revealed In Leaked Report

Some of the country's biggest fishing companies have been under-reporting their hoki catch by hundreds of tonnes, according to a leaked fisheries report. The report has been kept secret from the public for seven years and environmentalists say it casts doubt on industry claims that lucrative hoki is being fished sustainably. More>>


Uni Cuts: VCs At Risk Of Opting Out Of Government’s Vision

Vice-Chancellors need to accept that cutting jobs to meet narrow performance metrics will do nothing to help rebuild an inclusive tertiary education sector that meets the needs of all New Zealanders, the Tertiary Education Union said today. More>>


DBHs v Nurses: Independent Panel Reports On Collective Agreement

The Independent Panel, which was set up to help reach a Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) between the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation and the 20 District Health Boards, has made a series of recommendations to address issues impacting settlement. More>>


Cannabis: Legalisation Referendum Could Happen Sooner

The Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand says any decision to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis use in 2019, rather than in an election year, would be a welcome one because the issue is too important to be treated like a political football. More>>


Decile Changes Kicked For Touch: Focusing School Funding On Equity For Kids

The Government is expanding work done on replacing school deciles to look more broadly at what’s needed to ensure all children, including learners from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds, get the support they need to learn. More>>


Kevin Short New CDF: Defence Deployments Online

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the release today of further information on where NZDF personnel are deployed overseas... “Defence will also be proactively releasing their advice to Cabinet following future decisions on deployments and mandate.” More>>





Featured InfoPages