Transform the planning system

Transform the
planning system

New Zealand’s prosperity is being held back by a slow, and overcomplicated system.

We need Central and Local Government to better plan for and respond to population growth, housing supply and affordability, and the infrastructure to support growing and new communities.

It is important for all New Zealanders that our planning system operates effectively to unlock development and infrastructure in the right place at the right time. Discussions and decisions on the funding and financing of future infrastructure will be critical to this. Resolving these challenges will only be successful in partnership with the development and infrastructure sectors.

We wish to see a more a holistic approach to planning which is focused on outcomes. This would require decisions on priority of resources and environmental limits to be made at the national level with cross-partisan support.

Topics include:
  • Resource management system reform
  • National direction and plans


  • Regional planning to occur with development and infrastructure sectors to ensure outcomes can be achieved.
  • Mandate discussions on funding and financing of infrastructure at a national level with decisions made at a regional level.
  • Decisions on priority of resources and environmental limits should be decided at the national level with cross-partisan support.

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The Resource Management System Taskforce aims to provide input into legislative changes or reforms to the resource management system that affect the property sector.

Property Council is honoured to work with members from across the property spectrum on this important issue, including:

  • Dave Moule, Boffa Miskell
  • Bevan Houlbrooke, CKL NZ
  • Thomas Gibbons, Thomas Gibbons Law
  • Melissa Hodd, Foodstuffs North Island
  • Nick Roberts, Barker & Associates
  • Daniel Minhinnick, Russell McVeagh
  • Daniel Shao, Woolworths
  • Joan Forret, Harkness Henry Lawyers
  • Neil Donnelly, Ngāti Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd
  • Anton Shead, Goodman
  • Olga Druzhinina, Development Advisory Services Limited
  • Dasha Kovalenko, Shieff Angland
  • Elliot Ingram, Tactical Group
  • Anthea Coombes, Glaister Ennor
  • Pat Gavaghan, Hugh Green Group
  • Kevin Carroll, Octa & Associates

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For further information or to get involved, contact:
Sandamali Ambepitiya

Senior Advocacy Advisor