Advocacy in a Nutshell | August 2019
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 talking about:
- The Government's announcement of sweeping RMA reforms
- James Kennelly's appointment to Head of Advocacy
- Property Council's top five local government priorities
- Latest submissions, including:
- Kāinga Ora—Homes and Communities Bill submission
Over the last couple of years Property Council has been working collaboratively with other members of Resource Reform New Zealand to push the government on leading an overhaul of the RMA. A few weeks ago the Minister for the Environment, Hon David Parker, announced sweeping reforms of the RMA to cut complexity and costs and better enable urban development, while also improving protection of the environment.
The RMA reviews will occur in two stages:
- Stage one: several specific changes (largely reversing changes to the RLAA 2017).
- Stage two: comprehensive review of resource management system.
We are pleased the Government has listened to our consistent message requesting a comprehensive review of the resource management system. We intend to work closely with our members, Resource Reform NZ and those undertaking the stage two review.
If you are interested in being involved in future resource management system discussions which will likely occur in late 2019/early 2020, please feel free to contact Katherine Wilson.
This week marks two weeks in my new role as Head of Advocacy. You may think I have a familiar face - I have been part of Property Council's advocacy team since late 2018 as Senior Government Relations Advisor, and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our members and coming to grips with the hurdles faced by property owners and developers as we work together to shape New Zealand.
I very much look forward to this next chapter tackling the big issues facing our industry. If you'd like to know a little more about me, click here.
With local government elections taking place later this year, Property Council has released our top five priorities that councils across the country need to focus on to enable development and help shape cities and regions where communities thrive.
- We submitted on the Kāinga Ora—Homes and Communities Bill.
> Read the submission
Author | James Kennelly
As Property Council's Head of Advocacy, James leads our advocacy team with sound judgement, a natural flair for communicating the complex and an easy-going manner that makes him approachable yet reliable. Based in Wellington but frequently found in all corners of the country, James has his finger on the pulse of central and local government, providing valuable insights for our membership and acting as the conduit between our members and the country's movers, shakers and policy makers.