Local government funding
The Productivity Commission has published its draft report into local government funding and financing. Commission Chair, Murray Sherwin: “The current framework measures up well against the principles of a good funding and financing system for local government. It is clearly separated from the central government’s tax base which is an important feature.
Local Government Conference 2018. Minister's speech
The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, spoke at the Local Government New Zealand Conference, 17 July 2018. I am pleased that the Minister of Finance and Climate Change have preceded my presentation because you will appreciate that we are thinking about the big challenges ahead as we respond to pressures for growth, protecting and enhancing our environment, strengthening our resilience and ensuring that all our people can contribute to and share in the prosperity of our country, people, cities and communities. We are on a journey which in my mind requires us to work differently and in a way that builds a critical partnership and takes account of our respective roles at central and local government levels.
Climate change projections for New Zealand
This report addresses expected changes in New Zealand’s climate (temperature and many other climate variables) out to 2120, and draws heavily on climate model simulations from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. This 2018 '2nd Edition' of Climate Change Projections for New Zealand is the same as the original 2016 report, except for incorporation of results from a 2018 report on very extreme rainfall – the “HIRDS” report (Carey-Smith et al. , 2018).
Climate change bill
Topics:Climate change, Greenhouse gas
The Government has introduced the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill to Parliament. "The purpose of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill (the Bill) is to provide a framework by which New Zealand can develop and implement clear and stable climate change policies that contribute to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1. 5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Cannabis. Chief Science Advisor preparing evidence
Public-facing advice on cannabis. Terms of Reference Extract: In order to help inform the public in the lead up to the referendum on the legalisation of cannabis, the Prime Minister has asked her Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard, to coordinate a short, authoritative, accessible and unbiased summary of the evidence for the harms and benefits of legalised cannabis. This will include an assessment of the international evidence base for the potential impacts of its legislation.
Biodiversity Collaborative Group report
The Biodiversity Collaborative Group has published a report that incorporates: Background Report for the Biodiversity Collaborative Group’s Draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity The Biodiversity Collaborative Group’s Draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity The Biodiversity Collaborative Group’s Complementary and Supporting Measures for Indigenous Biodiversity Read the report See also Minister's press release www. biodiversitynz. org[http://www.
Auckland airport link
Press release: Aucklanders are one step closer to getting rapid transit to the airport, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff have announced. (18 May 2019) Auckland Transport has awarded the contract for the upgrade of the Puhinui Rail Station Interchange to the McConnell Dowell-Built Environs Joint Venture.