Update - Tuesday 14 April 2020

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Preparing for transition from Alert Level 4

While the decision to exit/extend Level 4 restrictions will not be taken by Cabinet until 20 April 2020, the Prime Minister has signalled that more detail about what life will be like at Levels 3 and 2 will be released on Thursday. 

At Level 3 there will still be restrictions on workplaces, schools and gatherings to make sure New Zealand continues to win the fight against COVID-19.

We have been reviewing what this may look like for council services and operations and will provide updated information on this as soon as we are able.

Epidemic Preparedness (Local Government Act 2002) Immediate Modification Order 2020

Last week a modification to the Local Government Act 2002 was made to enable new members of council to make their statutory declaration (oath of office) at a meeting that is being conducted by audio or audiovisual link.

This modification was made under the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006 and came into effect on 10 April 2020.

You can view this Modification Order in full.

This change complements the previous amendments to enable councils meetings by audio/audiovisual link. The Governance group continues to assess the local government legislative framework under the COVID-19 event. 

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