Advocacy in a Nutshell | November 2019

Welcome to the November 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:

Fire levies consultation

The Government has announced a review of the way to fund Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire and Emergency). This will involve looking at moving away from the existing insurance-based levy approach to an alternative levy model like a property-based levy. The consultation document can be found here and written submissions close on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

Property Council is meeting with Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs, in November to discuss possible alternative options and ensure the voice of our members is heard. If you wish to be part of our Working Group, please contact James Kennelly.

In addition, Te Tari Taiwhenua The Department of Internal Affairs is hosting a series of public meetings on how Fire and Emergency could be funded. Members are invited to participate in their local workshop:

 Centre Date/Time
 Gisborne 11:15am - 12:45pm, Tuesday 19 November
 Auckland Central 10:30am - 12pm, Thursday 21 November
 Auckland South 2:30 - 4pm, Thursday 21 November
 Nelson  10:45am - 12:15pm, Monday 25 November
 Christchurch 10:30am - 12pm, Tuesday 3 December
 Dunedin 12 - 1:30pm, Wednesday 5 December

> Register and read more here

Early consultation for Auckland development contributions policy

Auckland Council adopted its Contributions Policy in December 2018. Since that time the government has passed the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Act to restore council powers to collect development contributions for public amenities (including swimming pools and libraries). In April 2019, the City Rail Link Ltd announced a revised costs for completing the project – some of which is funded by development contributions.

Auckland Council staff are preparing advice for councillors to consider if any changes should be made to the current contributions policy to reflect legislation and project changes over the past year.  They are seeking our advice prior to making any recommended changes. (Note: if the council does decide to propose changes to the policy, formal consultation will occur before a final decision is made). 

The information session will be held on Thursday 14 November from 10:00 – 11:00am at Auckland Town Hall.

Latest submissions

Auckland Council's Central City Masterplan Refresh 2019

The CCMP refresh is a high-level, non-statutory document that supports the Auckland Plan 2050 and Auckland Unitary Plan. Together with the Waitematā Local Board Plan, these documents provide the overall vision for the direction for Auckland's city centre. 

As many of our members invest, own and develop in the Auckland city centre, this was an opportunity for our members to have a say in how the Auckland city centre develops into the future. 

Our submission

Property Council Auckland Branch supported the overall proposal recommending that more work be done to ensure Aucklanders have access to public transport to reach their work or desired destinations. The missing link in the CCMP is connecting Wynyard Quarter with the rest of the CBD. Greater connections between Britomart, Aotea Centre and Wynyard Quarter would allow Wynyard Quarter to flourish and reach its potential of being a vibrant and safe waterfront location for all.

The CCMP is reliant on funding which will be weighed against other priorities in Auckland. Due to the significant amount of funding priorities across Auckland we strongly recommend Auckland Council and Waitemata Local Board investigate alternative funding mechanisms to support the CCMP progress.

> Read our submission
> Read more about the CCMP


Waikato Feedback to Hamilton City Council on Proposed Plan Change 11

Our members are generally supportive of the intent of Plan Change 11 and acknowledges the role that increased intensification plays in achieving a compact city and a sustainable urban form. This contributes to housing choice, affordability, and cost efficiencies in infrastructure and public transport provision.

Property Council also notes the proposed revised National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) and its need for more intensification and density outcomes for growth areas. There are likely to be requirements placed on councils for more integrated planning of key infrastructure and density. We suggest developing this plan in conjunction with the new NPS-UD requirements could be a more efficient and cost-effective process combining this Plan Change 11 with the new NPS-UD requirements.

> Read our 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.

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