Closing date for submissions on new bills has been extended from 30 January 2023 to Sunday 5th February.

Hawkes Bay, we heard your call for an NZPI / RMLA Roadshow to Reform event in your hometown. Dates are tight getting around the country and your Queenstown in-person event is just a few days away ...

Now that the submission period for the Spatial Planning and Natural and Built Environment Bills has opened CLICK HERE, we’re ready to help you with the next steps.

As resource management practitioners who’ll be responsible for implementing these bills, we have until 5th February 2023 to make a contribution to the most significant reform of resource management law in over 30 years. We'd like to support members in developing their submissions, and we’re hoping to see important discussions on key aspects of change during our upcoming workshop series.

Just in case you missed our email this week, here’s what you need to know about our upcoming reform workshops …

We’ve been making our way through the Natural and Built Environment and Spatial Planning Bills to understand what’s new, what has stayed the same, and how the Bills measure up against NZPI’s pre-release positions. NZPI has partnered with the Resource Management Law Association to bring you a series of workshops starting next week for NZPI and RMLA members.

Each workshop on the roadshow will provide a summary of the new system, covering the new purpose and principles and the shift to outcomes-based planning, the National Planning Framework, Regional Spatial Strategies, NBE Planning, consenting and enforcement, and some of the things in between. Each 2-hour workshop will be about half presentation and half Q&A. We might not have all the answers to your questions, but we are hoping to get a good discussion going on the key aspects of change. It will be a great way to get ready for preparing submissions on the bills.

As a joint roadshow between NZPI and RMLA, the presenters are a mix of planners and lawyers. The NZPI presenters are Emily Grace, NZPI’s Principal Policy Advisor, and Philip Brown, Director of Campbell Brown. The RMLA presenters are Bronwyn Carruthers KC and Helen Andrews, partner at The Environmental Lawyers.

The presentation at each workshop will be generally the same, but the questions and discussion that follows is likely to vary from location to location. NZPI and RMLA will be represented at all workshops but in some locations not all speakers are available.


Dates and locations*:

  • Whangarei 8 December, 12.00 – 2.00pm
  • Auckland 8 December, 5.30 - 7.30pm
  • Hamilton 9 December, 10.00 -12.00pm
  • Tauranga 9 December, 3.00 - 5.00pm
  • Nelson 12 December, 10.30 - 12.30pm
  • Wellington 12 December, 4.30 - 6.30pm
  • Dunedin 13 December, 10 - 12pm
  • Christchurch 13 December, 3.30 - 5.30pm
  • Queenstown* 14 December, 12.45 - 2.45pm *New Date & Time (was previously 16th Dec) Online option here
  • New Plymouth 15 December, 2.30 - 4.30pm 
  • Hawkes Bay* 16 December, 2.00 - 4.30pm *Postponed to the New Year - New date TBC

    *Members should register for these events through their Association to secure member pricing. Please double check venue, date and time before registering. RMLA members, please register through the NZPI event page for Queenstown and Hawkes Bay.

We’ve done our best to be everywhere we can, although we can’t reach every city and town with a tight select committee timeframe. The Auckland (in person) event was recorded and will be available for all members on Planning on Demand soon.  

NEW DETAILS FOR QUEENSTOWN: We are now running the full roadshow event in Queenstown rather than a condensed lunchtime event. This means we have a new date, time, cost, and venue. NZPI will be in touch with everyone who registered for the original date of 16 Dec soon. Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your patience.

Member Survey

We’re seeking your feedback on the RM Reform Bills through another of our member surveys, with a slightly longer version this time around.

Let’s get you thinking about the issues that are important to you as you develop your own submissions in time for the closure of the submission period on 05 February 2023 (extended from 30 Jan).

Your voice is more important than ever so please take part.

Click here for full details and to access the survey link.  

Discussion Papers & Webinar Series

For further ideas and discussion points you’ll find NZPI’s (pre bill release) discussion papers and recordings of our webinar series on our website, click here.