End of Life Choice Bill
The End of Life Choice Bill passed in Parliament on 13 November. The Bill provides for a referendum question on whether the End of Life Choice Act should come into force, expected at the 2020 general election. Read more Hansard Read the Bill See also Radio New Zealand.
Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill
The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill had its first reading in Parliament on 24 October. It was referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee and the Committee's report is due 24 April 2020. From the Minister's press release:.
Housing Programme Dashboard, September 2019
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has published the September 2019 Government Housing Programme Dashboard MHUD's overview: The purpose of the dashboard is to demonstrate what people are experiencing by tracking how many families have bought their first home, how many households are in public housing, and how many new homes are being built. The dashboard shows the results being achieved in housing and will be updated and produced monthly. The dashboard tracks aspects of the current housing situation, the government outputs in response, and the results of those.
Technology and productivity in New Zealand
The Productivity Commission has published its first draft report for the Technology and productivity in New Zealand inquiry. From the Commission's website: Our first draft report New Zealand, technology and productivity* *looks at the factors affecting technology adoption and how technological adoption affects the labour market. It also examines how technology affected work in the past, including in New Zealand.
Auckland development strategy monitoring report 2019
Auckland Council has published the first progress report of the Auckland Plan 2050 Development Strategy. Important findings: • 66,839 dwellings were consented in Auckland between 2012/2013 and 2018/2019 • 14,032 new dwellings were consented in 2018/2019. 83 per cent were issued in the existing urban area 8 per cent were issued in Nodes in the 2018/2019 financial year (some Nodes include areas outside the existing urban area) 30 per cent were issued in Development Areas 46 per cent were issued in the remaining existing urban area • 10 per cent were issued in the future urban area • 7 per cent were issued in the rural area • The number of consents issued for apartments and townhouses etc.
National Policy Statement on Urban Development
The Government has published a discussion document for a proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development. Planning for successful cities. A discussion document on a proposed national policy statement on urban development Submissions close Thursday 10 October 2019.
New bills: Electoral Amendment | Referendums Framework
Two new bills in Parliament: Electoral Amendment Bill This Bill makes several changes to the Electoral Act 1993 and the Electoral Regulations 1996 to— improve enrolment and voting processes to better enfranchise voters; and uphold the integrity of the electoral system by ensuring that elections are conducted efficiently and securely; and support the effective conduct of future elections. Changes include: Election day enrolment.
The Government has announced a review of the Resource Management Act 1991. From the Minister's press release: The Government has today launched a comprehensive overhaul of the Resource Management Act (RMA) to cut complexity and costs and better enable urban development, while also improving protection of the environment. Environment Minister David Parker said that close to 30 years after it was passed the country’s main law managing built and natural environments was not working as well as intended.
Medicinal cannabis. Proposed regulations
The Ministry of Health has published proposed regulations for the management of medicinal cannabis (proposed Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations). Submissions close 7 August 2019. Read more Read the Minister's press release.