Updates : March 2013

Providing for Greater Christchurch

The preliminary draft Land Use Recovery plan (the LURP) is the latest in a sequence of important urban growth planning documents for Greater Christchurch. The LURP is intended to assist recovery of Greater Christchurch by providing a framework and guidance for housing and business land use. The...

The Future for Fresh Water

Continuing its programme of significant reforms, the Government has recently released a discussion paper setting out the proposed reform package for managing fresh water in New Zealand.  Freshwater is undoubtedly a critical resource that has a wide range of values and potential benefits. The...

Earthquake prone buildings

Seismic strengthening of buildings deemed to be earthquake prone has long been an issue in New Zealand. Earthquake events in Christchurch have heightened the focus on the seismic integrity of New Zealand’s building stock, and a recent High Court Decision has clarified the obligations on...

Improving our resource management system?

Following on from the Resource Management Reform Bill 2012, The Government has continued its programme of amendments to the Resource Management Act (RMA). The latest set of proposed reforms, outlined in a recent Government Discussion Document, represent the most significant programme of reforms...