"A stronger focus on wellbeing" – Feedback on the draft report: Review into the future for local government

OraTaiao strongly endorses a statement in the Future of Local Government draft report, He mata whāriki, he matawhānui. “Fundamentally, we consider at the core of a future for local government is a stronger focus on wellbeing.”

To help mitigate climate change and improve peoples’ health, our submission says that local government should ensure:

  • Fertile land around urban areas will be used for local, sustainable and resilient food production
  • Everyone can live in a warm, dry, healthy home
  • Councils and community groups work together to plant millions of trees in urban and regional spaces
  • Aotearoa NZ will be a country where most people travel by active and public transport
  • The soundscape of towns and cities gives a sense of wellbeing and belonging
  • Young peoples’ voices on the environmental crises are heard by lowering the voting age to 16 

Prepared by OraTaiao representative Dr James Hamill, our full submission can be read here

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