October 20, 2021

New Zealand Libraries Could Lose “Vital Funding” If Proposed Changes to Law are Approved

A warning about a possible loss of funding comes from the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANAZA).

The Group Says:

Libraries may miss out on vital funding for new building projects if proposed changes to the Local Government Act come in to effect, says the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA).

The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3) presented to Parliament last week proposes a new definition of the community infrastructures able to benefit from development contributions under Clause 49 Section 197. These include community halls, play equipment and public toilets but may no longer encompass libraries.

LIANZA Immediate Past President Heather Lamond says the proposed changes have the potential to impact communities across New Zealand.

“Narrowing the definition of what can be financed by development contributions could hit at the heart of new community library developments. This funding often builds new facilities for communities that are already underserved and removing the funding will only amplify the issue”.

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The Kiwis Count survey 2012, carried out by the State Services Commission, showed New Zealanders were visiting public libraries more often and rated their service higher than any other public service

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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