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

Planning is not Predicting

I was taking a deep dive on the Tauranga Growth Strategy recently and found a fascinating drawing by Arkhefield + Urbis. It shows ‘conceptually’ how a neighbourhood could change over 40 years from 2010 to 2050. It was a lovely drawing of single family homes gradually being replaced by more intensive housing. Unfortunately, it is… Continue reading Planning is not Predicting

Wasted Planning

I’ve been really interested in recent work around waste minimisation and in particular The Truth About Plastics Recycling report by WasteMINZ. It highlights the three principles of the circular economy: Design out waste and pollution Keep products and materials in use Regenerate natural systems It struck me that these three principles are entirely applicable to… Continue reading Wasted Planning