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All the latest local government news from around the country.

Oxfam is Living Wage

Oxfam is the latest business to become an accredited Living Wage employer. Oxfam joins Pacific health provider Vaka Tautua in the growing list of employers we are celebrating for stepping up to pay their workers a Living Wage of $18.80 per hour.  CEO Carmel Sepuloni says as a Pacific provider and employer of Pacific people, Vaka Tautua wants at the very least to be providing staff with the Living Wage.



LGNZ supports investigating water options that achieve value for ratepayers

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) supports councils considering better ways to manage water assets and services for operational efficiencies and cost saving, which aligns with the LGNZ 3 Waters project that will create a clear picture of potable water, wastewater and stormwater assets and services and develop a national information framework.



Library site for council services not supported - Wanaka

Do not relocate council services into the Wanaka Library, the town's community board has urged.



Survey shows council staff unsettled - Christchurch

The number of Christchurch City Council staff who feel valued has dropped dramatically after what management admit has been an unsettling year of change. The council's annual staff engagement survey revealed 53 per cent of staff said they felt engaged compared to last year's all-time high 66 per cent.



Council positions on hold – New Plymouth

The belt tightening is continuing at the New Plymouth District Council with a recruitment freeze now on. In an effort to cut costs and reduce rates rises the council's chief executive Barbara McKerrow and executive leadership team initiated a freeze for all new vacancies from mid-March.



Support for one council to rule Bay

The entire Western Bay could be governed by one council as early as 2016 - if a high-powered bid for amalgamation is successful. A group of residents, including leading Western Bay businessmen and women, have revealed they plan to make an application to the Local Government Commission to amalgamate the Tauranga City Council and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council (WBOPDC) within two months.