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.
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 Residential property management in Auckland Arrested (re)development? A study of cross lease and unit titles in Auckland Increasing voter turnout using behavioural insights Auckland community ecological monitoring guide. A framework for selecting monitoring methods Auckland Unitary Pan stormwater management provisions: technical basis of contaminant and volume management requirements A history of Te Maketu A brief history of Auckland's urban form Land covenants in Auckland and their effect on urban development Renting in Auckland: tenant, landlord and property manager perspectives .
Shopping malls and convention centres
Stats NZ press release: Shopping malls and convention centres drive commercial building consents Building consents for big commercial buildings, including shopping malls and convention centres, increased strongly in the year ended November 2018, Stats NZ said [11 January 2019]. The value of building consents issued for shops, restaurants, and bars; social and cultural buildings; factories; and farm buildings all increased between $100 million and $300 million over the period. Read more.
New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill
The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill received its first reading on 19 December 2018. The Bill was referred to the Māori Affairs Committee. This bill provides for the assets and liabilities of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute to be transferred to Te Puia NZMACI Limited Partnership, and also provides for the partnership to continue to function in line with the institute’s current functions.
Local Government Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill
Parliament's Governance and Administration Committee has reported back on the Local Government Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill. Here's an extract from the Committee's report: The Governance and Administration Committee has examined the Local Government Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill and recommends that it be passed with the amendments shown. This is an omnibus bill that would amend seven statutes administered by the Department of Internal Affairs relating to local government matters.
Housing Affordability Measure, HAM
The latest Housing Affordability Measure, December 2018. HAM is an experimental housing affordability measure consisting of two indicators, one that tracks affordability for potential first-home buyers and one that tracks affordability for renters. Read more Auckland results: " Affordability for potential first home buyer households in Auckland City remained essentially unchanged, improving by 0.
Geohazards Monitoring Centre
The National Geohazards Monitoring Centre is live. It was opened by Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, and Hon Kris Faafoi, Civil Defence Minister on 12 December. The centre is located on the GNS Science campus in Lower Hutt, Wellington, and is manned 24/7 by a team of geohazard analysts.
Minister for Māori housing
Topics:Demographics and society, Housing, Māori
To improve housing opportunities for Māori, a dedicated Māori Housing Unit will be established and Minister Nanaia Mahuta will be appointed the Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Māori Housing) to lead it. The Unit is being established within the new Ministry for Housing and Urban Development. (Minister's press release, 14 November 2018.