Advocacy in Action | February 2024

Fast-tracking consenting legislation

Property Council is engaging with the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) prior to the Government introducing fast-track legislation as per their 100-day plan. This will be a permanent, stand-alone fast-track consenting process for regional, and national significant infrastructure and development projects.

Engagement with Government and ministries on fast-track consenting is critical in creating positive outcomes for the property industry.

The Resource Management System Taskforce is a great way for you to keep informed of all things resource reform. If you would like to join the Taskforce, please contact Sandamali Ambepitiya.

Briefings to Incoming Ministers released

Following a General Election or change in minister, Briefings to Incoming Ministers (BIMs) are produced by each government ministry. They introduce each portfolio and summarise key areas of policy and policy issues. 

Of interest for our members is the briefing provided by the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development, which outlines its three broad areas of focus as: 

  1. Remove system barriers to unlock housing supply in the land, infrastructure, development and construction markets.  
  2. Prioritise investment and improve funds and programmes to support the right mix of market, affordable and public homes in the places they are needed.  
  3. Improve planning and investment in places, recognising that not all places are the same, and learn from and build on the still maturing placed-based partnerships in priority places across New Zealand. 

The briefing explains the systemic issues that are a barrier to development, the economic headwinds impacting progress, and the Minister’s role and responsibilities. 

Read more here 

Updated Future Proof Strategy consultation

Consultation has opened on an update to the Waikato regional Future Proof Strategy.  

This is the 30-year growth management and implementation plan for the Hamilton, Waipā, Waikato and Matamata-Piako sub-region. The Future Proof Strategy helps shape the spatial context in which the property sector operates.  

For more information, or to share your perspective, please contact Logan Rainey.


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