We are a strong advocate for our members, and for the local government sector. We regularly provide input on central and local government policy in the form of feedback on reviews and submissions to select committees. We also provide day-to-day policy advice to members when required, and publish a member-only Quarterly Briefing.
Our recent advocacy work relates to:
- Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill (lodged on 5 March). The Transport Committee continues to meet. We are scheduled to meet them via link on 2 April.
- Taumata Arowai – the Water Services Regulator Bill (lodged 4 March). Raymond and Karen presented to the Health Select Committee on 11 March. We support a regulatory body, and most of the submission was to raise concerns that the Bill does not make sufficient provision for the perspectives of the industry in the regulator's governance and engagement perspectives. We anticipate this will be one of the top priorities when Parliament resumes on 28 April.
- Inquiry into Local Elections (submission in progress for lodging on or before 4 March)
- Urban Development Bill Submission (lodged 14 February). Raymond presented to the Environment Select Committee on 19 March. It was live streamed and can be viewed on Facebook. Raymond appears around 10 minutes in.
- Fire & Emergency NZ Funding Review (lodged 31 January).
- Public Service Legislation Bill (lodged 31 January).
- Productivity Commission Inquiry into Funding and Financing This is likely to take a backseat for the next few months. We will make the point that there is still a pressing need for significant investment in infrastructure, and that such investment has a benefit as a support to the economy in the present, and in future capacity.
- Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill (due to be lodged 17 April). Please let Raymond know if you'd like us to consider anything in particular in the draft.
Contact Raymond Horan if you have any questions or would like to provide input into future submissions.