Moving to a low-emissions economy— What role will local government have in New Zealand’s progress towards a low-emissions economy? In this article I reflect on some of the points raised in the Productivity Commission’s Low-emissions economy report and suggest some ways councils may contribute to this fantastic goal.
Implementing the new climate change guidance — The MfE guidance on adapting to climate change is very relevant to regional councils, but can also be used by unitary and district council staff to make plans related to stormwater, flood risk, land drainage and other issues.
Natural hazards are on the national radar — The Government will soon provide more national direction on managing risks associated with natural hazards through a National Disaster Resilience Strategy. One of the outcomes of this strategy is likely to be a National Policy Statement on resilience.