Submissions

NZPI is committed to advocacy on behalf of its members and contributing to the regional and national policy landscapes. That commitment leads NZPI to make submissions on key planning topics such as those below:


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NZPI Submission on the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill


NZPI is committed to empowering planners and promoting planning excellence in New Zealand. While recognising the urgent need to promote employment growth and support our country’s recovery from the economic and social impacts of COVID-19, NZPI is keen to minimise any adverse and unintended consequences of planning processes that fast-track the consideration of project applications and the issuing of resource use planning consents.


22 June 2020
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NZPI Submission on the proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity


NZPI has submitted on the NPS Indigenous Biodiversity. NZPI’s main concern is that the draft NPSIB is more of a National Environmental Standard (NES) than National Policy Statement (NPS) – but without commensurate support. NZPI submits the NPSIB should either focus on being a NPS, with policy that properly wrestles with and provides direction on resolution of conflicts with other NPS; OR, if it must direct implementation, then that is done in a comprehensive manner with a coherent response involving changes to National Planning Standards, resourcing of Councils, and assistance to landowners. At the moment it does both policy and implementation poorly.


03 April 2020
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Papa Pounamu's Submission on the Comprehensive Review of the Resource Management System


A Submission on the Comprehensive Review of the Resource Management System and Draft Terms of Reference Resource Management Review Panel

This letter provides feedback on the draft Terms of Reference Resource Management Review Panel. It should not be regarded as replacement or in lieu of consultation or engagement with iwi, hapū and whānau Māori. We understand that this direct consultation and engagement is currently occurring throughout and across the country.

Papa Pounamu is a Special Interest Group of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI)


13 March 2020
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NZPI's Submission on Urban Development Bill

This is the New Zealand Planning Institute’s (NZPI) submission to The Urban Development Bill (the Bill). The Bill is the sequel to the Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Act 2019 which created New Zealand's first urban development authority last year. NZPI generally supports the establishment of urban development agencies as planning implementation mechanisms. However NZPI has significant concerns with the Bill – both in terms of its overall conception, the assumptions it is based upon (as expressed in Cabinet papers), and its workability and likely (but unintended) consequences.

14 February 2020
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RMA Review Panel Issues and Options Paper

The New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission for consideration by the Resource Management Review Panel (RMRP), noting the review’s dual focus includes improving natural environment outcomes, and urban and development outcomes. The NZPI requires significant change to NZ’s resource management system. Our submissions are in principle, to the legislation, and to practice, and are summarised here ...

03 February 2020
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NZPI Submission to RMA Bill 2019

NZPI broadly supports the direction of the Resource Management Amendment Bill 2019 RMAB2019). The Regulatory Impact Statement acknowledges the change in government direction and priorities regarding public participation and the role of local decision-making in the RMA. NZPI welcomes this and notes this reflects concerns raised in its 2016 submission to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLAB) 2015. NZPI supports various changes that roll-back some 2016 reforms, but intends surveying members on detailed reform aspects and will report those findings when making oral submissions. NZPI also supports RMAB2019 initiatives that can address the urgent issue of declining freshwater quality but holds grave concerns that the proposals contained in this Bill, together with the related NPSFWM are uncertain, problematic to implement, and risk incurring considerable cost without commensurate benefit.

07 November 2019
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NZPI Submission on NPS Freshwater Management

NZPI supports the intent of national directions to improve water quality, ecosystem health, and to increase protection for wetland and stream systems. And in principle, NZPI supports building on the Te Mana o te Wai framework of the current National Policy Statement and stronger national guidance for managing freshwater including the NPS Freshwater Management (NPSFWM). However, NZPI has significant concerns which are set out in NZPI’s submission on the NPSFWM.

31 October 2019
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NZPI Submission on NPS for Urban Development

This submission addresses the draft NPSUD as set out in the MfE discussion document Planning for Successful Cities dated August 2019 which is intended to provide: “national direction under the RMA to help local authorities made good decisions about making room for growth, both up and out, in suitable areas”. We note the discussion document does not present a complete draft NPSUD, as it includes a combination of draft objectives and policies, together with some which are simply indicated as examples. This submission has been prepared on the basis that it is not intended to extend or add to the draft objectives, policies and example policies beyond those contained in the discussion document.

10 October 2019
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NZPI Submission on NPS for Highly Productive Land

This submission addresses the draft NPS Highly Productive Land (NPSHPL) as set out in the MfE discussion document Valuing highly productive land dated August 2019 which is proposed: “as the most effective way to avert the loss of more of our productive land and promote its sustainable management”. We note the discussion document aims to understand views on introducing such an NPS; test the scope and direction of such a national direction tool; and understand comments and views on questions posed in the consultation document. This submission should be read in conjunction with NZPI’s submission on the proposed NPS Urban Development (NPSUD).

10 October 2019
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NZPI’s Submission on Kainga Ora Homes and Communities Bill 2019

NZPI appreciates that this Bill is primarily framework legislation that establishes a new Crown entity and while NZPI generally supports that objective we are concerned at the lack of explicit recognition of the role of local government in urban development. NZPI is interested in the idea of a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development, but has questions and suggestions in light of the imminent release from the Ministry for the Environment of the related National Policy Statement on Urban Development.


11 July 2019
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NZPI's Submission on NZ Stats Housing Quality Definition

NZ Stats are inviting views on what housing quality means in New Zealand. NZPI is interested in planning processes that improve the quality of housing, and advocates for evidence-based approaches in related decision-making. We find that the aphorism “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”, generally applies in thinking about the development and implementation of housing policy. We support initiatives that can inform good housing policy through systematic collection and production of useful, credible and independent data on detailed factors and aspects that can individually indicate, and together measure the quality of housing ...

13 November 2018
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NZPI's Submission on Proposed Independent Infrastructure Body

The Minister of Infrastructure, the Hon Shane Jones, has circulated a consultation document calling for the establishment of a new independent infrastructure body “to ensure better infrastructure planning”. According to the Minister’s forward, “we need to coordinate better, and we need to bring the public and private sector into the same room so we can make the most of the infrastructure we already have and ensure that our future investments deliver the right outcomes, in the right place, at the right time.” The purpose of this submission is to highlight matters we support in the proposal and to advocate for additional provisions that we believe should be incorporated in order to deliver better and integrated planning outcomes.

02 November 2018
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NZPI's Submission on Draft National Planning Standards

NZPI makes this submission about Draft National Planning Standards (NPSs). Background to the submission is contained in the next section (Overview and Introduction). This is followed by a section outlining process issues identified in the preparation of NPSs. The final section reports the main results and findings of an NZPI administered survey of members which explored attitudes to each of the 18 draft NPSs as well as soliciting detailed comments and suggestions. The appendix reports quantitative survey data. We wish to be heard in support of this submission.

17 August 2018
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NZPI's Submission on Proposed National Planning Standards Discussion Papers

NZPI offers this submission on behalf of the New Zealand Planning Profession about proposed Ministry for Environment National Planning Standards (NPSs). Background to the submission is contained in the next two sections (Introduction and Overview). The next section reports feedback provided by members to an MfE administered survey which explored attitudes to proposed NPSs and aspects of the consultation process. The final section highlights important advice contained in officer reports about the proposed NPSs prepared by Auckland and Wellington City Councils.

12 August 2017
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NZPI's Submission to MBIE - Urban Development Authorities: Discussion Document

This submission contains high level comment relating to the overall purpose and design of the proposed Urban Development Authority legislative intervention, followed by detailed comments on specific issues and proposals.

25 May 2017
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NZPI's Submission on Productivity Commission Better Urban Planning Draft Report BUPDR

The policy context for NZPI’s submission to the Productivity Commission Better Urban Planning draft report is dominated by an unprecedented volume and diversity of central government led reform initiatives which appear to be mainly addressed at Auckland housing affordability, house price rises in other parts of the country, and wider macroeconomic considerations. NZPI is concerned that the Productivity Commission’s emphasis on fixing short-term problems may damage planning systems which are designed to promote and protect natural and urban environments long term.

03 October 2016
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NZPI's Submission on MfE Urban Development National Policy Statement

After consulting with members about the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity, the NZPI has prepared a detailed and well-researched submission. This quotes member comments collected in a survey and is driven by member responses that are reported in an appendix.

28 July 2016
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NZPI Resource Legislation Amendment Bill Submission

NZPI has made a comprehensive submission to the Select Committee established by the Ministry for Environment to consider feedback on the Resource Management Legislation Amendment Bill. The submission, informed by legal opinion in some instances, identifies three categories of proposals within the Bill.

15 March 2016
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Productivity Commission 'Better Urban Planning' Issues Paper

The Productivity Commission's first principles review of NZ's system of urban is one of a number of initiatives aimed at improving our country's planning framework. Responding to these initiatives the NZPI has embarked on a range of actions - tapping into the enormous knowledge held by our members - and is conducting enquiries into what is working well, what could be improved, and what could be added in New Zealand's planning system. The findings of NZPI's preliminary research which includes close examination of MfE and LGNZ policy initiatives, forms the basis of our approach to these submissions to the Productivity Commission's enquiry.

09 March 2016
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"Blue Skies Planning & Resource Management" thinkpiece

NZPI welcomes and values the Local Government New Zealand’s (LGNZ) contribution to the debate about New Zealand’s resource management regime. We value the relationship that exists between our two partner institutions and appreciate opportunities to share ideas and to debate important issues that arise recognising that our members often find themselves working alongside each other on similar matters.

26 February 2016
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Proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development

The NZPI welcomes the opportunity to contribute to Ministry for Environment (MfE) early thinking in the design of a potential National Policy Statement (NPS) which: “…provide(s) direction to local authorities on residential and business development capacity in plans and policy statements to enable growth and change in urban areas”.

04 February 2016
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Productivity Commission 'Better Urban Planning' Issues Paper: NZPI Preliminary Response

The NZPI welcomes the opportunity to participate in this significant and timely review of New Zealand’s system of urban planning that has been initiated by the Ministers of Finance, Local Government, Building & Housing, Environment, and Transport.

21 January 2016
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NZPI's Response to the Proposed National Environmental Standard vis a vis Plantation Forestry

The New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the Proposed National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry (NESPF).

07 August 2015
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NZPI Submission on Using Land for Housing

Response to the Final Draft Report. NZPI is pleased to see reference to its submission in the Draft Report and that some of its general feedback on the Issues Paper are reflected in its findings and recommendations.

07 August 2015
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NZPI Submission to Productivity Commission on Using Land for Housing


22 December 2014
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NZPI's Briefing Paper to Incoming Ministers

NZPI’s Briefing Paper to Incoming Ministers (BIM) outlines key challenges that NZPI foresees for planning over the next few years. The BIM has been used to engage in discussion with Ministers with portfolios that affect planning and other relevant legislation.

01 November 2014
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NZPI Feedback on a National Monitoring System for RMA Act 1991 - A Proposal for Discussion

The New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the above

30 August 2013
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NZPI Submission on Draft Auckland Unitary Plan

Following consultation with its members, NZPI delivered its feedback to Auckland Council on its Draft Auckland Unitary Plan.

13 May 2013
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NZPI Submission on MFEs' Freshwater Reform and Beyond

Following consultation with its members, NZPI delivered its submission to MfE on Freshwater reform 2013 and beyond. Delivered on 8 April 2013, the submission was peer reviewed by members with expertise in freshwater issues, as well as the NZPI Board and Planning Advisory Committee.

08 April 2013
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NZPI Submission on Improving our RM System Discussion Document

Following feedback from members, and peer review by the NZPI Board and the Planning Advisory Committee, NZPI delivered its submission to MfE on the Improving our Resource Management System discussion document. Delivered on Tuesday April 2nd, this submission is the product of extensive consultation with members and was informed by a number of regional workshops orchestrated by regional NZPI Branch leadership.

02 April 2013
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NZPI Submission on Resource Management Reform Bill

Following feedback from members and peer review by the NZPI Board and the Planning Advisory Committee, NZPI has delivered its submission to MfE on the RM Reform Bill. Delivered on Thursday February 28th. The Bill is an omnibus that proposes amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991, the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010, and to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

28 February 2013
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NZPI Submission on NPS for Urban Development

This submission addresses the draft NPSUD as set out in the MfE discussion document Planning for Successful Cities dated August 2019 which is intended to provide:“national direction under the RMA to help local authorities made good decisions about making room for growth, both up and out, in suitable areas”. We note the discussion document does not present a complete draft NPSUD, as it includes a combination of draft objectives and policies, together with some which are simply indicated as examples. This submission has been prepared on the basis thatit is not intended to extend or add to the draft objectives, policies and example policies beyond those contained in the discussion document.

11 October 2019
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