Advocacy

Together, shaping cities where communities thrive

Property Council is the leading advocate for New Zealand’s largest industry – property

Property Council New Zealand acts as a collective industry voice, giving our members a seat at the table with politicians to ensure they make informed decisions that enable a strong economy.

We aim to influence government and decision makers to support decisions that foster thriving communities. We aspire to be, and be seen as, the ‘go-to’ voice of the New Zealand property industry. We promote our members’ interests with politicians, improving relationships and communication with local and central government, while educating decision makers on how the property ecosystem works and increasing awareness of the property industry’s contribution to the New Zealand economy. 

Property Council’s national and regional advocacy priorities are set on an annual basis in collaboration with the National Board, our Regional Executive Committees and Advisory Group in consultation with the wider membership.

2022/23 Priorities

Enable thriving cities and infrastructure

Topics include:

  • Infrastructure funding and financing
  • CBD intensification
  • Development contributions
  • Urban development and design
  • Future growth
  • Industry collaboration
  • Local government reform

  • Reform the planning system

    Topics include:

  • Resource reform
  • Land supply
  • RMA amendments
  • National Policy Statements
  • National Planning Standards / NES

  • Deliver housing that enhances communities

    Topics include:

  • Build-to-Rent
  • Prefab and modular housing
  • Building legislation reform
  • Consenting
  • Residential building materials and products market supply

  • Adopt fairer regulation and tax settings

    Topics include:

  • Fire levies
  • Depreciation
  • Overseas investment
  • Tax issues such as capital gains tax, PIE regime and land tax
  • Value capture
  • Commercial leases

  • Improve sustainability and resilience

    Topics include:

  • Seismic strengthening
  • Natural disaster resilience
  • Climate change
  • Building materials and products
  • Building for climate change programme

  • Regional Priorities

    In the regions our regular projects include Long-term Plans, Annual Plans, district and spatial plans, rates differentials and development contributions. In addition to this, each Regional Committee also choose one priority to focus on for the year:

    Auckland

    Effective and efficient delivery of Auckland's transport and infrastructure.

    Wellington

    Upgrading Wellington's transport and infrastructure.

    Central

    Integrated planning that enables the funding and delivery of regional growth and infrastructure in the central region.

    South Island

    Support effective reform of the planning system through engagement with regional stakeholders and members.

    Meet the Team

    The Property Council advocacy team: Advocacy Advisors Logan Rainey and Sandamali Gunawardena, Head of Advocacy Katherine Wilson, Advocacy Consultant Denise Lee and Chief Executive Leonie Freeman.

    Recent Submissions

    To tell our story, we need your stories

    Your stories are what inform and drive our policy positions. When we speak with officials and policy makers, they want to know what effects their policies are having; what the issues are, what works and what doesn’t and how they could do things better.

    Similarly, when we front issues in the media, they want to know real-life examples of the impact on people and the lives of New Zealanders, not just on property or the industry.

    Want to get involved?

    Property Council has several dynamic and engaged member working groups, who provide insight and support our advocacy team on a range of issues, from Build-to-Rent and resource management reform, to infrastructure funding and changes to the building code.

    These groups are ever-changing and are open to all members.