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.
Topics:Demographics and society, Housing
The Social Investment Agency has published two new working papers: Are we making a difference in the lives of New Zealanders – how will we know? Measuring the wellbeing impacts of public policy: social housing From the SIA website: The SIA has defined an approach to measuring wellbeing impacts associated with social services. We’ve built on this and developed an analytical method for measuring short term changes in wellbeing associated with certain types of social services. In the first case, we have selected social housing to apply this new analytical method.
Environment Auckland Data Portal
Visit Auckland Council's new Environment Auckland Data Portal The portal contains raw data from Auckland Council’s state of the environment monitoring programmes. Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) carries out environmental monitoring across the region. We have been collecting information about Auckland’s environment for more than 30 years and have more than 1000 monitoring sites across the region.
Wastewater infrastructure costs
From the Minister's press release: A new report continues to build a picture of looming potential costs as the Government seeks to ensure safe drinking water, and better environmental performance of the country’s wastewater infrastructure, said the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta. The GHD-Boffa Miskell report – Cost estimates for upgrading wastewater treatment plants to meet objectives of the NPS Freshwater – is part of the Three Waters Review, suggests that raising the standards of wastewater treatment plants that discharge into rivers and lakes across the country could cost up to $2 billion.
2018 Auckland Index and Auckland Growth Monitor - ATEED
ATEED has published the 2018 edition of the Auckland Index and the Auckland growth monitor. The 2018 Auckland Index and Auckland Growth Monitor include new features as well as updated data. The index now includes a new ‘Quarterly Snapshot’ section, as well as a section devoted to our financial ‘Markets’.
Auckland Plan 2050
From Our Auckland. Following significant levels of public interest, Auckland Council has adopted the Auckland Plan 2050. The plan sets the direction for Auckland’s growth and development over the next 30 years, responding to the key opportunities and challenges faced by Auckland.
State Services: External security consultants’ inquiry findings
Topics:Democracy and governance, Demographics and society
A State Services Commission investigation into the use of external security consultants by government agencies has uncovered failings across the public service, including breaches of the code of conduct. Read more See also All Documents - Inquiry into the use of external security consultants by government agencies.
Social Security Act 2018
The Social Security Act 2018 is in force from 26 November, along with new regulations. From the Ministry of Social Development website: The new Social Security Act 2018 comes into force on 26 November 2018. It won’t change anyone’s benefits or entitlements and it will make the legislation clearer and simpler to follow.