Updates : 2014

Affordable Housing in New Zealand

Central government considers that New Zealand has a shortage of affordable housing. Over the last few years there have been significant increases in housing costs, especially in major cities. This places home ownership out of reach for many New Zealanders. One of the most important factors in the...

Adderley Head Bulletin

Spring time is the time for change. Here at Adderley Head, we thought we would issue our first Bulletin. The Bulletin will provide news about Adderley Head and brief updates on topical issues in the RMA field. To view a copy of our Bullletin, please click here. 

District Plan Review - Residential Land and Natural Hazards

Our previous articles considered the implications of the Proposed Plan for commercially and industrially zoned land throughout Christchurch. In this article we comment on how the Proposed Plan affects residential land, along with the new natural hazard provision that are proposed. Residential...

District Plan Review - Industrial Land

The District Plan Review proposes to divide all business land within Christchurch (outside the central city) into two categories: commercial and industrial. Our first article considered the implications of the Proposed Plan for commercially zoned land throughout Christchurch. In this article we...

District Plan Review - Commercial Land

On 27 August, Christchurch City Council notified Stage One of its District Plan Review. Known as the “Proposed Replacement Christchurch District Plan”, this is a significant rewrite of the existing plans and introduces new rules that will control activities throughout Christchurch for...

More Streamlining of RMA Processes - A review of the Canterbury Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan) Order

On 7 July 2014, the Canterbury Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan) Order 2014 was released. This is the latest in a long list of changes to the law than have been made in the name of earthquake recovery. The Order modifies the RMA and provides a streamlined process for the review...

Environment Court Practice Note Update

The Environment Court has recently released an update to its practice note for consultation. We have detailed some of the changes to the practice note below. The new practice note includes directions for managing large numbers of parties who may wish to be heard on a direct referral application....

Christchurch City Council's draft Natural Hazards Chapter

The Christchurch City Council has recently released its draft Natural Hazards Chapter as part of its District Plan Review. Comments on this chapter can be submitted up to Wednesday, 30 April 2014.  The chapter addresses the key natural hazards of flooding, liquefaction, and slope...

Prosecutions under the RMA

As a landowner, resource consent holder or developer you are exposed to risk of prosecution under the RMA through the actions of your employees, contractors and sub contractors.  In this article we will explain what these risks are and how you can protect yourself from them.  More...