In Chapter 4 of 'Rebooting the Regions' Alice Kranenburg (Whakatane District Council) says "planning for decline requires a total change in the thinking of local government, residents and their stakeholders."
It will be interesting to see what this looks like in district plans, long term plans and asset management plans. For example:
Natalie Jackson (Massey University) argues we need to work on adapting to the changing demographics in many of our regions, rather than resisting it. "Failing to understand the dynamics of our ageing population and seeking to hold back the tide will be counterproductive," she says in 'Rebooting the Regions'.
Paul Spoonley made this comment in 'Rebooting the Regions', and also raised it in a RNZ Nine to Noon interview yesterday - http://www.radionz.co.nz/…/2018…/preventing-regional-decline
Wild for Taranaki is a great example of a council supporting a community initiative. The regional council provides background support for this community driven response to restoring the natural environments of Taranaki. Here's a link to the Wild for Taranaki website - http://www.wildfortaranaki.nz/