Advocacy in Action | August 2023

Third and final readings for Natural and Built Environment Bill and Spatial Planning Bill

Last week, the Natural and Built Environment Bill and Spatial Planning Bill passed their third and final readings in Parliament. These bills will now become law upon royal assent. We would like to thank our Resource Reform Advocacy Taskforce for giving us their time and expertise to help shape Property Council’s position on the two Bills. You can read our submissions here.

However, this is not the end of the journey given the 10-year transition period expected under the new legislation, which will likely require our continued involvement. Furthermore, we are yet to see a draft of the Climate Adaptation Bill which aims to address issues associated with managed retreat from areas affected by climate change.

If you would like to join our Resource Reform Advocacy Taskforce, please contact Sandamali Ambepitiya.
Future Development Strategy – time to hit pause

Over the past few months, Property Council’s advocacy team have been hard at work representing the property sector in relation to Auckland Council’s draft Future Development Strategy, which proposes introducing new restrictions and delays to greenfield development across Auckland.

We have expressed our deep concern about the impact on greenfield development to Auckland Council. This has been through written and oral submissions, as well as a range of stakeholder meetings. We were pleased to see our submission, along with those of many of our members, reported on recently by the New Zealand Herald.

Property Council are continuing to call for Auckland Council to hit pause on the Future Development Strategy and instead work with the property sector to develop a revised strategy that better meets Auckland’s future needs.

Read our written submission here.
Government Policy Statement – Land Transport

Transport Minister David Parker recently released the draft Government Policy on Land Transport 2024 for consultation.

This document sets out the Government’s transport priorities and includes proposed actions around funding and financing of transport infrastructure as well as proposed strategic investments from the National Land Transport Fund.

Property Council will be submitting on this consultation.

For further information, please contact Logan Rainey.
Residential Property Managers Bill introduced to Parliament

The Residential Property Managers Bill has been introduced to Parliament.

The Bill aims to protect the interests of property owners and tenants by creating a comprehensive regulatory regime for residential property managers. The Bill will achieve this by:

  • establishing minimum entry requirements for residential property managers;
  • ensuring residential property managers meet professional standards of practice; and
  • providing accountability by establishing an independent, transparent, and effective complaints and disciplinary process.

The Bill is now awaiting its first reading and referral to Select Committee. Whether this happens prior to the 2023 general election will depend on the availability of Parliament’s time to debate the Bill.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will begin work on the development of regulations, which will be subject to separate public consultation. Please email if you have any questions.


Sandamali Ambepitiya



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