A report, based on the findings of a recent survey, identifies what Mayors and Chairs of local authorities think are the major issues facing their communities and organisations.

Commissioned by Simpson Grierson and LGNZ, the report was launched to a packed audience at the opening of the annual LGNZ Conference in Nelson last night.

Please click here to view the report.

The research reveals seven key findings. These include:

  • 84% said economic growth and job creation are by far the most important concerns for Mayors and Chairs
  • 46% were concerned with environmental impact and sustainability
  • 40% were concerned with rates affordability
  • Over 66% said that funding limitations and the consistency of central government policy making are seen as major impediments in community outcomes
  • 84% were clear that housing affordability is not an issue best solved by local government alone.

Simpson Grierson partner Jonathan Salter says:

"Mayors and Chairs of local authorities in New Zealand face a wide range of challenges in relation to both their communities and their organisations. It is enlightening to see such clear messages emerging from the research. With the survey results we now have further data to help inform local government's future agenda."

LGNZ Chief Executive Malcolm Alexander says:

"These themes are entirely consistent with local government’s focus on vibrant communities and economic growth across all of New Zealand.  Our local and national economies and particularly the prospects of the people in our regions remain uppermost in our mayors and chairs’ minds. This report adds further weight to the policy positions which will be released in our Election Manifesto this week."

The survey was carried out in June 2014. Responses were received from Mayors and Chairs of 62 rural, provincial, metropolitan and regional councils throughout New Zealand, a response rate of nearly 80%.

The report is available on the Simpson Grierson website.

ENDS


Louise Poppelwell

Communications Manager

For Simpson Grierson

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