Editorial – June / July’18

While progress has been made in Christchurch following the earthquakes, seven years on the central city still looks derelict and unloved. That’s a harsh comment, but it was the overriding impression I was left with after a visit to the city in May.

Is the RMA really to blame for housing shortages? – By Hayley Ellison

We need to look at the Resource Management Act (RMA) with fresh eyes. I’m not convinced it’s the culprit holding back development and causing housing shortages in New Zealand’s major cities. It’s the way the RMA is being implemented that has created uncertainty, and it’s time to rethink the way we respond to our urban development issues.

KiwiBuild – building on your proposals and making it work for you – By Duncan Halliwell and Joe Bergin

Last month, the government’s first round of invitations to participate on the KiwiBuild ‘Buying off the Plans’ initiative (the ‘KiwiBuild ITP’) closed after its release in early May.

Editorial – April / May’18

Slip sliding away … what started off as a wonderful summer deteriorated rapidly, with three tropical cyclones between late January and early March causing havoc around the country for our roading crews.

Wood-first and wellbeing – By Nick Collins

The purpose of public policy is to improve lives now and into the future, and Treasury’s newly released discussion papers on human, social and natural capital set us up to do that, measuring progress across prosperity, sustainability and inclusiveness.

Pushing the (rural urban) boundaries – By Jenny Chung and Christina Sheard

The ‘Big Little City’ envisioned by the Auckland Unitary Plan (operative in part) (AUP) relies on the identification inside the rural urban boundary (RUB) as a method to achieve a ‘compact urban form’ in Auckland. As a general rule, only land within the RUB is land identified by the AUP as being suitable for urban development.

Business case first, pretty pictures second –
By Paul Haggath

There is a term used in the construction industry that makes me laugh and cry in equal measure – ‘value engineering’.

When the roof caves in – councils’ duties to building owners – By Karen Kemp and Jessica Hanning

In 2010 the roof of Stadium Southland, in Invercargill, collapsed under the weight of snow following a winter storm. The root cause of the collapse, however, was seeded many years previously during the initial building of the stadium in the late 1990s.