Nearly half of the nation's mayors have signed a letter putting pressure on central government to impose a mandatory charge on plastic bags, but the call seems to be falling on deaf ears.
Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese has announced she'll be throwing her hat in the ring for president of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ).
LGNZ has a national council of 13 elected members from across New Zealand, who aim to represent the national interests of councils. It's involved with both advocacy and policy services, giving advice and training to local government members across the country.
Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese is breaking the rules in an attempt to free up the building process.
Reese was this week appointed to the Rules Reduction Taskforce, a group charged with helping the Government to cast off any redundant and obstructive property rules and regulations.
Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese today signed a three-year extension to the Nelson Housing Accord to help grow the city’s housing supply.