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.
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.