Advocacy Priorities

Property Council is the leading advocate for New Zealand’s most significant industry - property. 

Property Council New Zealand acts as a collective industry voice, giving our members a seat at the table with politicians, to ensure they make informed decisions that benefit our industry and enable a strong economy.

Our strategic aim is to influence Government and decision makers to support decisions that foster a thriving property industry. We aspire to be, and be seen as, an industry leader, reinforcing our role as the voice of the property sector. We want to promote our members' interests with politicians, improving relationships and communications with local and central government, and increasing politicians’ awareness of the property sector’s contribution to the New Zealand economy. 

Property Council's national advocacy priorities are set on an annual basis by National Council and our Branch Executive Committees in consultation with members.

This priority is all about unlocking opportunities for growth and removing barriers to development, be it through improvements to the way infrastructure and local government are funded, or enhanced urban planning that results in cities where people can live, work, play and shop with ease. Key to success in this area is the collaboration of all stakeholders, from local and central government to the wider property sector and business community.

Topics include:

  • Infrastructure funding and financing
  • CBD intensification
  • Development contributions
  • Urban development and design
  • Future growth
  • Industry collaboration

We believe that the current planning system is broken. It is important for all New Zealanders that we get a planning system which operates effectively and efficiently to increase housing supply and alleviate current market pressures. In 2019 the Government launched a comprehensive review of the resource management system with a focus on the RMA. This priority encompasses the need to reduce red tape and improve processes that enable New Zealand's growth; from limitations on land supply to the setting of national planning standards (the first of which came into effect in May 2019).

Topics include:

  • Resource reform
  • Land supply issues
  • RMA amendments
  • National Policy Statements
  • National Planning Standards/National Environment Standards

Regulation and taxation are a cost to any business. While property owners are happy to pay their fair share, often the taxes raised through levies such as the current Fire and Emergency New Zealand funding model, leave property owners subsidising other sectors. Central to this priority is the belief that while taxes are a necessary funding mechanism for government, they must be applied fairly and with a targeted "user pays" approach.

Topics include:

  • Fire levies
  • Depreciation - in March 2020 the Government reinstated depreciation on commercial buildings, read more here
  • Overseas investment
  • Tax issues such as capital gains tax, Portfolio Investment Entities (PIE) regime and land tax

Every New Zealander deserves a place to call home. With housing at its least affordable, we must consider innovations solutions to building more houses, faster. Under this banner, we advocate for increased construction of affordable, sustainable housing that delivers options for all New Zealanders. We aim to remove red tape that unnecessarily blocks development and put the focus on how central and local government, the construction industry and the property sector can work together to better serve our communities.

Topics include:

  • Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities
  • Build-to-Rent
  • Prefab/modular housing
  • Innovation and design
  • Procurement 
  • Building legislation reform
  • Consenting

The past decade has proven that we must all be ready to face the unknown. Through natural disasters, forces of nature or the impending impacts of climate change, it is imperative that our buildings are built to last and serve our communities. In order for our members to achieve this we must unlock opportunities to build sustainable and resilient communities that can withstand whatever the future may hold.

Topics include:

  • Seismic strengthening
  • Natural disaster resilience
  • Climate change
  • Building materials and products

Branch Priorities

In addition to our overarching national priorities, each branch has also identified a singular priority for the year ahead, click below to read more:

Auckland Branch

Waikato Branch

Bay of Plenty Branch

Wellington Branch

South Island Branch