Advocacy in a Minute | March 2023

It’s Annual Plan season across Aotearoa – the time of the year where Council’s decide on their budget and priorities for the next 12 months. Head of Advocacy, Katherine Wilson, gives us an overview.


Property Council has drafted submissions on Auckland Council’s Annual Budget 2023-2024, and Auckland Council’s proposed amendment to the Revenue and Finance Policy, with both submissions due March 28. We have also arranged a time for our Oral Submission to Governing Body (Mayor + Councillors) on March 27.

Of notable concern is a proposal to pause the “Long-term Differential Strategy”, which would see higher rating differentials applied than currently planned, in order to partially offset the costs of rates increases.

To review or provide input into our Auckland submissions, please contact Logan Rainey.


Property Council is current drafting a submission on Christchurch City Council’s Annual Plan 2023-2024. Submissions are due on Monday 10 April.

To view or provide input into our Christchurch submission, please contact Sandamali Gunawardena.

Other regions

We have had confirmation that Tauranga City Council will not be consulting on an Annual Plan this year, as there has been no significant changes from the Long-Term Plan budget.

We are waiting for the release of Annual Plans from Hamilton City Council and Wellington City Council.

Author | Katherine Wilson

As Property Council’s Head of Advocacy, Katherine is tasked with leading our advocacy campaigns at both a regional and national level.

Level-headed and engaging, Katherine has both a law degree from Otago University and an arts degree (majoring in politics) from Auckland University. With solid experience as a policy analyst and advisor in Wellington and Auckland, she has extensive networks and solid analytical skills.

Katherine is hugely dedicated, highly intelligent and committed to ensuring the voice of our members is heard at all levels of governance. She’s also relentlessly positive and enjoys a good chat.

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