New bills: Electoral Amendment | Referendums Framework
Two new bills in Parliament: Electoral Amendment Bill This Bill makes several changes to the Electoral Act 1993 and the Electoral Regulations 1996 to— improve enrolment and voting processes to better enfranchise voters; and uphold the integrity of the electoral system by ensuring that elections are conducted efficiently and securely; and support the effective conduct of future elections. Changes include: Election day enrolment.
The Government has announced a review of the Resource Management Act 1991. From the Minister's press release: The Government has today launched a comprehensive overhaul of the Resource Management Act (RMA) to cut complexity and costs and better enable urban development, while also improving protection of the environment. Environment Minister David Parker said that close to 30 years after it was passed the country’s main law managing built and natural environments was not working as well as intended.
Medicinal cannabis. Proposed regulations
The Ministry of Health has published proposed regulations for the management of medicinal cannabis (proposed Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations). Submissions close 7 August 2019. Read more Read the Minister's press release.
Popular reports on Knowledge Auckland
Popular reports downloaded from Knowledge Auckland over recent weeks: Stormwater disposal via soakage in the Auckland region Indigenous terrestrial and wetland ecosystems of Auckland A brief history of Auckland's urban form A history of Te Maketu Climate change risks in Auckland Residential property management in Auckland Arrested (re)development? A study of cross lease and unit titles in Auckland Auckland Unitary Pan stormwater management provisions: technical basis of contaminant and volume management requirements The impacts of transport emissions on air quality in Auckland’s city centre Increasing voter turnout using behavioural insights Auckland community ecological monitoring guide. A framework for selecting monitoring methods Land covenants in Auckland and their effect on urban development Renting in Auckland: tenant, landlord and property manager perspectives Auckland’s greenhouse gas inventory to 2015 The relationship between pedestrian connectivity and economic productivity in Auckland’s city centre. Second edition.
Local elections 2019
Topics:Democracy and governance
This year's local election day is Saturday 12 October. Local Government New Zealand is managing a nation-wide elections promotion, Vote 2019. Read more See also New Zealand Electoral Commission Local elections 2019 Auckland Council Stand for the Auckland you love.
The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanga Bill was introduced to Parliament 8 April. The bill establishes the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waianga which is expected to be operating in October 2019. Read more Minister's press release.
Auckland ward boundaries
The Local Government Commission has upheld Auckland Council’s proposed changes to electoral ward boundaries affecting which ward some voters will belong to for voting in the October local government elections. Auckland Council release - OurAuckland. New maps showing changes to ward boundaries are available.
Persistent organic pollutants
Topics:Freshwater, Land use, Marine
A new report from the Ministry for the Environment: New Zealand’s updated national implementation plan under the Stockholm convention on persistent organic pollutants "This updated National Implementation Plan outlines measures to implement our obligations relating to new persistent organic pollutants added to the Stockholm Convention in 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2017. It also reports on New Zealand’s achievements in phasing out the 12 initial POPs. " Read more.
A new report from NIWA: Review of New Zealand’s key biogenic habitats "This review was carried out to improve understanding of marine habitats in New Zealand. The review focuses on 15 key biogenic habitats in New Zealand and discusses available data and literature to determine the condition, extent, and any data gaps for these habitats. Biogenic habitats provide many ecosystem services such as stabilising sediments, providing food, filtering water, and recycling nutrients, without which rapid ecosystem degradation would occur.