Welcome to our July Newsletter
This week Environment Court Judge David Kirkpatrick, who heads the Independent Hearings Panel, personally walked up to Auckland Council’s Albert Street headquarters and handed over the long-awaited Unitary Plan after 249 days of hearings and 1.5 million submissions.
The proposed plan is Auckland’s first global blueprint since the super city was created in 2010, and will replace the eight legacy council district plans.
The plan’s development has been controversial, with heated debate over issues such as proposed up-zoning of central city suburbs to allow for more intensive housing, and moving the city limit.
Auckland Council officials now go behind closed doors to consider the tens of thousands of pages detailing how the city should look in coming years, following which the plan will be made public.
The politicians then have until August 19 to debate the Unitary Plan and decide whether to accept its recommendations.
If they don’t pass significant parts the Government could step in and impose a planning framework upon the city, Council chief executive Stephen Town has warned.
Following the public release the Council will launch an online search engine for the zoning maps similar to the current GIS website. It will also launch a phone line for people to ask dedicated questions about the zoning recommendations.
In this Issue:
- Little impact from 90-day law – Expert reaction
- KiwiSaver: ‘First-home buyer’ Means What It Says
- Three-Day Work Week May Be Ideal For Those Over 40
- How to improve communication – it is important to give and receive feedback effectively
Davenports West Lawyers
Little impact from 90-day law – Expert reaction
Laws introducing a 90-day trial period for newly hired employees have had little impact on the labour market, finds new research. An economic analysis of employee and hiring data from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust has shown that the…
KiwiSaver: ‘First-home buyer’ Means What It Says
If two sons each inherit a 25 per cent share in the family home as tenants in common with the remaining parent who continues to live there, does this affect a first-home withdrawal or HomeStart using KiwiSaver funds?The first-home withdrawal, one of the…
Three-Day Work Week May Be Ideal For Those Over 40
It can be hard to strike a balance between feeling overworked and underutilized, especially for middle-aged and older adults. While holding a job can help keep the brains of adults stimulated, working too much can cause fatigue and mental exhaustion…
How to improve communication – it is important to give and receive feedback effectively
Feedback is an essential skill in interpersonal communication and the quality of an individual’s interpersonal communication can be a determinant in their success or lack of it, in all kinds of relationships. The term feedback originates from the rocket…