A Lot From a Lot

The best way to save the planet is to use less of it.

By redeveloping existing urban areas we can protect the most finite resource of all: Land.

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Six Climate Change Principles for Investment

Six Climate Change Principles for Investment

The Climate Change Commission has sent a letter outlining six principles for the government to help guide investment decisions being made as part of the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are: Consider how stimulus investments can deliver long-term...

Adapting Land Development to a Changing Climate

Adapting Land Development to a Changing Climate

The first national climate change risk assessment for Aotearoa NZ has been released. It identifies 43 priority risks with the following 10 most significant risks that require urgent action: Natural Environment: Risks to coastal ecosystems, including the intertidal...

Throwing the Champagne Out With the Cork

Throwing the Champagne Out With the Cork

The NZ government has released New directions for resource management in New Zealand. Key drivers of the review were: The way we use land has proved to be unsustainableUrban growth is poorly managedLand use must change to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate...

Fast-track Consenting (shudder)

Fast-track Consenting (shudder)

The government has announced that it will undertake a law change to fast-track eligible development. The details are still relatively light but the following types of projects have been singled out for priority at this early stage (my satirical comments added):...

The end of existing use rights?

The end of existing use rights?

The Plan Change 1 decision in Whakatane has revoked existing use rights for property owners in Matata. The plan changes are the culmination of work following a debris flow in 2005. The plan change was undertaken alongside a land acquisition process to enable managed...

Freshwater 2020 Report Released

Freshwater 2020 Report Released

Four issues have been identified: Our native freshwater species and ecosystems are under threatWater is polluted in urban, farming, and forestry areasChanging water flows affect our freshwaterClimate change is affecting freshwater in Aotearoa New Zealand A must read...

Testing Online Democracy

Testing Online Democracy

The COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020 has made changes to the way Council meetings can be conducted while the Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice 2020 is in force. It's likely to be in force until at least 25 June (unless revoked...

The rapid rise of Home Business

The rapid rise of Home Business

Under Alert Levels 3 and 4 many people will be working from home. But there are rules for this! Most District and City Plans will have requirements to manage the effects generated by working from home activities. This is just one area that the full consequences of the...

Can tourism and hospitality ‘pivot’ under the RMA

Can tourism and hospitality ‘pivot’ under the RMA

Tough times are ahead for tourism and hospitality but the UNWTO remains optimistic. The government have also created a Go with Tourism website to support the industry. But the fact remains, many tourism and hospitality businesses will need to change. Many will operate...

Excluding People Through Digital Engagement

Excluding People Through Digital Engagement

The recently released Citizen's Advice Bureau Report Face to Face With Digital Exclusion has some incredible findings. As we move towards 'ePlanning' and RegTech frameworks we must remain mindful of those being left behind. This report highlights some obvious yet...