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Writing an asset management plan?

Writing an asset management plan?

Asset managers around New Zealand are beginning the process of reviewing and updating their asset management plans to support the 2021 Long Term Plan process. Here’s some great advice I picked up on asset management plan writing during a training day with Ross Waugh,...

Making it easy for businesses to join the low emissions economy

Making it easy for businesses to join the low emissions economy

Taking action to reduce emissions is top of mind for councils around New Zealand. However, they can only do so much on their own, and also need businesses to join the low emissions economy. Three reasons why businesses may resist this message are: not knowing how to...

Five ways to be more productive

Five ways to be more productive

Everyone knows New Zealand would be better off making furniture (and houses) rather than exporting raw logs. While productivity is a bit of an ugly word, there’s a lot to like about creating more value in less time, or with fewer resources. It’s highly likely to lead...

Councils can respond to the climate emergency

Councils can respond to the climate emergency

The groundswell of councils signing up to climate emergency declarations recognises the need to take large scale actions over the next 10 years. Christchurch, Nelson, Hawke’s Bay, Auckland, Kāpiti Coast, Wellington and Dunedin councils have already made this...

Eight ways to improve your infrastructure strategy

Eight ways to improve your infrastructure strategy

The Long-Term Plan cycle sure comes around quickly! It feels like we just finished the last one, but now it's time to think how councils can improve on their 2018 infrastructure strategies for the 2021 Long-Term Plan (LTP). I was involved in writing three...

Five ways to enhance your reports

Five ways to enhance your reports

Have you ever gone to a training session, made lots of notes, then done nothing with them when you returned to work? That's what happened after I completed an online business case writing course back in August last year. When I finally got around to...

How to write a community engagement plan

How to write a community engagement plan

Are community engagement plans magically whipped up by the communications advisers at your council, or do you have to come up with them yourself? Even if they are mainly done for you, subject matter experts can definitely add value to them. While there is no one...

Five ways to ask the community for feedback

Five ways to ask the community for feedback

Do a job badly enough and you won’t be asked to do it again. That’s a commonly held belief, but it doesn’t always work out that way. I took TERRIBLE photos during vox pop Wednesdays in my first year as a journalist at the Hamilton Press. No matter what settings I...

Climate research will support local government decisions

Climate research will support local government decisions

The complexity of climate change, as well as the unpredictable rate of change, can be overwhelming when considering how to respond to these challenges at a district or a regional level. Fortunately, the next infrastructure strategies and asset management plans...

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