Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Unitary Plan must be radically overhauled and simplified

4 March 2014

Media Release

Unitary Plan must be radically overhauled and simplified

“If the finalised Unitary Plan is anything like the 7000-page legalistic document for which submissions closed last Friday, Auckland will never achieve its potential,” says Michael Barnett, head of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

“It isn’t just the stupidity of inserting into the proposed plan a co-governance arrangement, potentially requiring resource consents to be sought from all 19 iwi authorities in Auckland, but an overall failure of the document to make it easy for Auckland’s economic growth and development,” to occur he warns.

The purpose of the Unitary Plan is straight forward. It is to set the rules to deliver the 30-year Auckland Plan agreed in 2010. “But requiring some 7000 pages to write these rules that add layers of legal complexity has taken the document well beyond the understanding of most Aucklanders. We don’t do ourselves any favours by producing a plan that requires a Hearings Panel led by a Judge to untangle,” said Mr Barnett.

There is a lot of things that need fixing if the document is to give Auckland a credible set of rules for enabling the Auckland’s economic development.

The task of the Hearing Panel members will be made easier if they listen to Aucklanders as ‘customers’ and initiate a positive conversation to reinforce that the finalised Unitary Plan will not just be a legalistic document drafted to control and regulate Auckland’s future growth but a story about Auckland’s value as a place to be in the future.

“We were expecting a fit for purpose rule book drafted from the perspective of how Aucklanders want to live and work and what they value – not a planning paradigm of ‘we know what’s best for you’,” said Mr Barnett.

The Auckland Chamber submission can be viewed at .

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' - Alison McCulloch

Post-natal depression is a sly and cruel illness, described by one expert as ‘the thief that steals motherhood’, it creeps up on its victims, hiding behind the stress and exhaustion of being a new parent, catching many women unaware and unprepared. More>>


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news