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Debra Bradley
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The LTP consultation document encourages feedback from a broad range of people, most of whom are not being paid to read that document, and will be squeezing in time to read it. While I don’t want to make too many assumptions, most of the target audience probably don’t have a pressing need to know how long the pipes are or the age of the pump station down the road, just as long as it’s still working.
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The MfE guidance on adapting to climate change is very relevant to regional councils, but can also be used by unitary and district council staff to make plans related to stormwater, flood risk, land drainage and other issues.
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Ten steps for councils to follow in establishing a plan for adapting to coastal hazards and climate change.
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The relationship between the Local Government Act and the Resource Management Act is more like distant cousins scratching around for things in common than that of close siblings. So it’s not surprising that staff writing either resource or asset management plans have the power to trip each other up.

Here's my blog on how infrastructure strategies can help to manage these tensions.
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Can you just write an executive summary? If you’ve just finished your asset management plan or infrastructure strategy this request may not exactly be music to your ears! Here's a summary of feedback I requested on what makes a good executive summary.

http://www.writingforcouncils.co.nz/blog/how-to-write-better-executive-summaries
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Councils and economic development agencies throughout New Zealand are competing with each other to attract more young people. It may be smarter for councils and other employers to spend a larger proportion of time and energy engaging and retaining older workers.
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In this article Rob and Jan Fryer, of FuturEcology, provide practical advice on choosing the best plants for riparian margins and on establishing a weed control regime.

People often want to 'plant a forest' in a riparian margin, but they are better off choosing plants like Carex Secta which provide one metre of shade over a small waterway and will fold down in a flood.
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I'm working on my third infrastructure strategy for the year. To help myself navigate this process I have written down the steps I follow to complete a strategy. I hope you will also find it useful if you are writing an infrastructure strategy or any other large document involving multiple sources of information. It's available at http://www.writingforcouncils.co.nz/free-resources.html
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If you have you been asked to write an infrastructure strategy for your council, this four page summary will help you to break down the process into manageable steps.

It is based on my experience of writing four infrastructure strategies, for four different councils (three this year). You can download the free summary of my seven steps to writing an infrastructure strategy here.
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In the build up to the NZ election there has been a lot of talk about water quality and the need to plant more riparian margins. However, there has been very little discussion about the time and cost involved in the ongoing weed control and maintenance of these margins.

I asked Rob and Jan Fryer, of FuturEcology, about the reasons why landowners resist riparian planting and how councils can help to resolve these issues. Here's a link to the article - http://www.writingforcouncils.co.nz/blog/how-to-overcome-resistance-to-fencing-streams
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