Advocacy in a Nutshell | April 2018
Welcome to the April edition of Advocacy in a Nutshell; the latest update from our advocacy team, featuring all of the projects, policy and issues that matter to you.
This month we're talking about:
- Long Term Plan season
- Increasing our credibility, reputation and influence
- The future of tax in New Zealand
- Planning system reform
- Infrastructure funding models
- Innovation in the construction sector
- Fire levy calculations
You'll currently find our advocacy team furiously reading through thousands of pages of policy to find the surprises hidden by local governments around the country. From increases in rating differentials in the Bay of Plenty to rising development contributions in Waikato, it's like an Easter egg hunt, but with fewer clues and no chocolate.
LTP and regional plan submissions for 2018 are as follows:
|Branch||Plan in review||Submission date||Contact|
|Auckland||Auckland Council||View the submission||Jane|
|Auckland Plan||View the submission||Jane|
|Waikato||Hamilton City Council||30 April||Katherine|
|Waikato District Council||16 April||Katherine|
|Waipa District Council||20 April||Katherine|
|Bay of Plenty||Tauranga City Council||16 April||Katherine|
|Rotorua District Council||13 April||Katherine|
|Wellington||Wellington City Council||11 May||Katherine|
|South Island||Christchurch City Council||13 April||Jane|
|Selwyn District Council||4 May||Jane|
|Nelson City Council||23 April||Jane|
|Queenstown Lakes District Council||13 April||Jane|
|Dunedin City Council||23 April||Jane|
If you have particular concerns or feedback that you believe would add value to these submissions, please contact the submitter directly.
- We recently held positive meetings with several new Government Ministers, including; Phil Twyford, Jenny Salesa, David Parker, Megan Woods and Tracey Martin with the Ministers open to working with Property Council on several important issues, such as planning reform, in the coming months.
- We continue to work with key journalists from all major news outlets to discuss how Property Council can assist journalists to report on our sector.
- We have recently partnered with RICs to participate in the quarterly Global Commercial Property Monitor and with PINZ to formalise a Residential Measurement Standard for New Zealand, due for release this month.
- The future of tax in New Zealand and how commercial property will be affected will be the topic of Property Council's upcoming submission to the Government's Tax Working Group. While we understand that commercial property is not in the 'headlights', there is concern that the sector could still suffer collateral damage. However, we could turn this into an opportunity to get fairer tax treatment for commercial property on par with other business assets. Submissions close on 30 April.
- Property Council has set up its own working group of Corporate Leaders to consider and produce our submission. Our working group has met once and scoped what we intend to cover. KPMG has also been contracted to do the lion’s share of the submission drafting with assistance from our Advocacy team.
- The national Working Group's website can be found here, and includes some thought-provoking videos and a quick comment facility. Should members require any further information do not hesitate to contact Jane Budge, Senior Advocacy Advisor.
- As a founding member of Resource Reform NZ (RRNZ), we are currently pushing for reform of the planning system and recruiting partners to join us in this drive for change. We have had a positive response from Ministers thus far, however, we expect to see a short-term focus on RMA "twiddling" as the Government dips its toes in the planning reform waters.
- Government is actively talking about new infrastructure funding models, many of which Property Council has been advocating for, such as value capture and targeted rates. We look forward to participating in the mid-year review of local government funding systems.
- Our work on the Building Advisory Panel (BAP) and Construction Industry Council (CIC) has held us in good stead to discuss the need for innovation in the construction sector. We met with officials to discuss the issues around the cost of construction and will continue to educate the new Government on the views of our members.
- Fire levies remain an ongoing issue; we met with Tracey Martin (Minister of Internal Affairs), who was open-minded to new ways of funding, and the Insurance Council, who could potentially join us in supporting changes to the way these levies are calculated.
Author | Matt Paterson
As Property Council New Zealand's Head of Advocacy, Matt leads our team of advocacy advisors, researchers and public affairs experts. Based in Wellington but frequently found in all corners of the country, Matt has his finger on the pulse of central government, providing valuable insights for our membership and acting as the conduit between our members and the country's movers, shakers and policy makers.