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 zone, estuaries, dunes, coastal lakes and wetlands, due to ongoing sea-level rise and extreme weather events. Natural… Continue reading Adapting Land Development to a Changing Climate

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 unsustainable Urban growth is poorly managed Land use must change to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Māori are left out of critical decision-making.… Continue reading Throwing the Champagne Out With the Cork

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): Roading (to help us re-pollute the air); Walking and cycling (which has been revealed… Continue reading Fast-track Consenting (shudder)

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 prior). It could be extended. The changes amend the Local Government Official… Continue reading Testing Online Democracy

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 Epidemic Notice are yet to be ‘ironed… Continue reading The rapid rise of Home Business

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 under resource consents or have existing use rights. Closing for an extended… Continue reading Can tourism and hospitality ‘pivot’ under the RMA