This year's Local Government New Zealand conference will evaluate the role that mayors and their councils can play in leading communities through a rapidly changing external environment, say organisers.
The Dunedin City Council ended weeks of speculation when it confirmed yesterday it would investigate moving the Dunedin city library to the former chief post office building in the Exchange.
The Otago Regional Council's first payment towards the Forsyth Barr Stadium will come from its reserves, as its borrowing arrangements have not yet been finalised.
A second Dunedin city councillor has been forced to apologise after breaking Dunedin City Council rules governing confidential information.
The Otago Chamber of Commerce is taking the Dunedin City Council to task over its response to last month's snowfall.
The future of Dunedin's social housing, a topic that has sparked heated political debate recently, is about to come under the spotlight as the city council reviews its strategy on the issue.
When Teresa Stevenson appeared at this month's Dunedin City Council annual plan meeting more than an hour after it began, she extended a run of late arrivals.
Dunedin city councillors want new powers to police elected representatives who break the rules, following an end to the long-running saga over Cr Teresa Stevenson's apology.
An improved "Caversham corridor" and completion of the cycleway between Dunedin and Port Chalmers remain the top two priorities, in their fields, in the final version of the three-year, $530 million Otago Regional Land Transport Programme.
Substantial changes to Dunedin's voting method could see its system of wards scrapped in favour of a "super ward", with 11 councillors representing the urban area, and three representing two rural seats.
Councillors and former candidates spoken to yesterday said the proposed new super ward system for the Dunedin City Council would not change unduly the way they campaigned in local body elections.
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide is defending his push to get councils to focus on core services and says ratepayers don't get a chance to put the brakes on big spending projects.
Dunedin city councillor Teresa Stevenson has yet to apologise for breaching standing orders, 10 days after she was ordered to do so, and Mayor Peter Chin said yesterday he was expecting it "sooner, rather than later".
About 15% of Dunedin's water supply, recently upgraded at a cost of $64 million, is slipping through the cracks.
Tennis courts, golf, relocating Cromwell's information centre and redeveloping Molyneux Park are the main issues covered in submissions to the Central Otago District Council's long term plan.
Public submissions on the revised set of deposits and charges for Lakes Environmental services open tomorrow and hearings will run concurrently with long-term council community plan hearings, on June 4 and 5.
Residents keen to see a commuter rail service operating in Dunedin arrived by train at Dunedin Railway Station yesterday to present a petition to Otago Regional councillor Michael Deaker.
After apologising for public comments earlier this month that the Queenstown Lakes District Council was secretive, corrupt and undemocratic, Queenstown lawyer Bryce Whiting was granted a small concession in an Environment Court pre-hearing last week.
Queenstown lawyer Bryce Whiting has apologised for alleging the Queenstown Lakes District Council was "corrupt" in dealing with parties involved in an Environment Court mediation process.
The Government is sticking to its decision for a super city and community boards for Auckland, but points raised by Auckland's six mayors today will be taken on board, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide said today.