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 www.chamber.co.nz .

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Spark, Voda And Telstra To Lay New Trans-Tasman Cable

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spend US$70 million building a trans-Tasman submarine cable to bolster broadband traffic between the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics: Current Account Deficit Widens

New Zealand's annual current account deficit was $6.1 billion (2.6 percent of GDP) for the year ended September 2014. This compares with a deficit of $5.8 billion (2.5 percent of GDP) for the year ended June 2014. More>>

ALSO:

Still In The Red: NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September. More>>

ALSO:

Job Insecurity: Time For Jobs That Count In The Meat Industry

“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, Meat Workers Union National Secretary. “Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: ComCom Charges Hawkins’ Finance Companies Over Debt Recovery

The Commerce Commission has filed criminal proceedings against two finance companies run by former 1980s high-flyer Allan Hawkins over their debt recovery practices. More>>

ALSO:

Science Media Centre: The Big Science Stories Of 2014

It was a dramatic year for science, one that witnessed a severe outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and an historic mission to land a space probe on a comet. On the home front... headlines with animal testing for 'legal highs', 1080 use to tackle increased pest numbers and court action over genetically modified organisms among the most-covered stories. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news