National Environmental Standard for Sources of Human Drinking Water
The Ministry for the Environment has published the findings from its review of the National Environmental Standard for Sources of Human Drinking Water. The review "sought to assess the implementation and effectiveness of the National Environmental Standard for Source of Human Drinking Water, and to consider the relevant findings of the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water. " Read more .
The Productivity Commission has published its final report on its inquiry, Low-emissions economy. From the Commission's website: What did the inquiry find? Numerous changes will be required across the economy – some disruptive, some less obvious. Three particular shifts must happen for New Zealand to achieve its low-emissions goals: 1.
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.
Deep-ocean assessment and reporting of tsunami
New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. Read more.