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03 Nov

National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016(NPS-UDC) has been released.

The NPS-UDC provides direction to decision makers under the Resource Management Act 1991on planning for urban environments. It takes effect on 1 December 2016.Local authorities with medium-growth urban areas are required to complete their housing and business development capacity assessment by 31 December 2018.


Local authorities with medium-growth urban areas and high-growth urban areas, as defined in the NPS-UDC, have more obligations than other local authorities and those with high-growth urban areas have more obligations than those with medium-growth urban areas.


The current high-growth urban areas are:

•  Auckland

•  Christchurch

•  Hamilton

•  Queenstown

•  Tauranga


The current medium-growth urban areas are:

•  Kapiti

•  Nelson

•  New Plymouth

•  Palmerston North

•  Wellington

21 Oct

New Pool Fencing Law

New Pool Fencing Law

New pool fencing law passed

Parliament has today passed improved laws to better protect children from drowning in swimming pools while also making the requirements more practical and enforceable, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“The law change in 1987 requiring swimming pools to be fenced reduced the accidental drowning of children from more than 100 per decade to about 20 per decade. The measures in the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill take effect on 1 January 2017 and are expected to save an additional six young children’s lives per decade.

“The most important safety improvement in this Bill is the compulsory nationwide requirement for all swimming pools to be inspected and certified every three years. This addresses the problem that most drownings today occur because gates no longer close, fences have not been maintained or other changes have occurred that enable children to get access. Half of inspected pools have been found to be non-compliant, exposing children to risk.


16 Sep

Special Housing Areas

Special Housing Areas
01 Jul

Carport Exemption

Carport Exemption

Building Consent Exemptions

A change to building consent exemptions means new carports, whether free-standing or attached, do not require a building consent from 30 June 2016.

The exemption applies to free-standing or attached carports that are:

•   on ground level

•   no greater than 20 square metres.