Advocacy in a Nutshell | August 2018
Welcome to the August 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 shaking things up a little and giving you and abbreviated "just the hits" version:
- An infrastructure funding working group has been established and has started developing Property Council positions for input into the Government's impending reviews of local government funding and the tax system
- Our research into medium-density housing consenting issues continus apace, with preliminary results due in the next two months. This will feed into an August meeting with MBIE on consenting issues.
- We have received great media coverage of late, including on overseas investment, construction productivity and building product certification (Codemark). We even had comments by our Chief Executive, Connal Townsend, put to the Minister of Finance during Parliament's Question Time. See here for more details.
- Property Council have had a small win in Auckland, with Auckland Council delaying the finalisation of its rushed Development Contributions Policy. We've had a constructive meeting with Mayor Phil Goff about our concerns and shared interest in building and funding Auckland's infrastructure the right way. Read more here.
- The Christchurch Central Residential Research undertaken by JLL earlier in the year was presented to the South Island Branch members in late July, leading to constructive discussions with Christchurch City Council on collaboration. Read more here.
Media coverage for August
- Workers on Ebert site, tools and equipment retrieved - NZ Herald, 3 August
- The collapse of construction companies is being blamed on a perfect storm in the industry - NZ City, 2 August
- Construction company collapse blamed on a 'perfect storm' in industry - Newstalk ZB, 2 August
- 'Perfect storm' dogging construction sector - NZ Herald, 1 August
- Red flag over construction inflation as building tapers off - Stuff Business, 31 July
- Gen Z and millennials rule the world, ignore them at your peril - Stuff Business, 27 July
- Builders struggle with suspensions for composite panels - Radio NZ, 27 July
- Property Council New Zealand's Bay of Plenty Branch host inaugural awards - NZ Herald, 25 July
- Govt, product quality checker at odds over CodeMark scheme - Radio NZ, 20 July
- Property developers join criticism of building quality scheme - Radio NZ, 20 July
- Moving families from Mangere state homes 'worth it in the long run' - Newstalk ZB, 14 July
- Calls for Auckland Council to sell $500m worth of car parks - Newstalk ZB, 12 July
Author | Matt Paterson
As Property Council'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.
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