Shopping malls and convention centres
Stats NZ press release: Shopping malls and convention centres drive commercial building consents Building consents for big commercial buildings, including shopping malls and convention centres, increased strongly in the year ended November 2018, Stats NZ said [11 January 2019]. The value of building consents issued for shops, restaurants, and bars; social and cultural buildings; factories; and farm buildings all increased between $100 million and $300 million over the period. Read more.
New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill
The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute Vesting Bill received its first reading on 19 December 2018. The Bill was referred to the Māori Affairs Committee. This bill provides for the assets and liabilities of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute to be transferred to Te Puia NZMACI Limited Partnership, and also provides for the partnership to continue to function in line with the institute’s current functions.
Local Government Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill
Parliament's Governance and Administration Committee has reported back on the Local Government Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill. Here's an extract from the Committee's report: The Governance and Administration Committee has examined the Local Government Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill and recommends that it be passed with the amendments shown. This is an omnibus bill that would amend seven statutes administered by the Department of Internal Affairs relating to local government matters.
Housing Affordability Measure, HAM
The latest Housing Affordability Measure, December 2018. HAM is an experimental housing affordability measure consisting of two indicators, one that tracks affordability for potential first-home buyers and one that tracks affordability for renters. Read more Auckland results: " Affordability for potential first home buyer households in Auckland City remained essentially unchanged, improving by 0.
Geohazards Monitoring Centre
The National Geohazards Monitoring Centre is live. It was opened by Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, and Hon Kris Faafoi, Civil Defence Minister on 12 December. The centre is located on the GNS Science campus in Lower Hutt, Wellington, and is manned 24/7 by a team of geohazard analysts.
Minister for Māori housing
Topics:Demographics and society, Housing, Māori
To improve housing opportunities for Māori, a dedicated Māori Housing Unit will be established and Minister Nanaia Mahuta will be appointed the Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Māori Housing) to lead it. The Unit is being established within the new Ministry for Housing and Urban Development. (Minister's press release, 14 November 2018.
Topics:Demographics and society, Housing
The Social Investment Agency has published two new working papers: Are we making a difference in the lives of New Zealanders – how will we know? Measuring the wellbeing impacts of public policy: social housing From the SIA website: The SIA has defined an approach to measuring wellbeing impacts associated with social services. We’ve built on this and developed an analytical method for measuring short term changes in wellbeing associated with certain types of social services. In the first case, we have selected social housing to apply this new analytical method.
Environment Auckland Data Portal
Visit Auckland Council's new Environment Auckland Data Portal The portal contains raw data from Auckland Council’s state of the environment monitoring programmes. Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) carries out environmental monitoring across the region. We have been collecting information about Auckland’s environment for more than 30 years and have more than 1000 monitoring sites across the region.
Wastewater infrastructure costs
From the Minister's press release: A new report continues to build a picture of looming potential costs as the Government seeks to ensure safe drinking water, and better environmental performance of the country’s wastewater infrastructure, said the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta. The GHD-Boffa Miskell report – Cost estimates for upgrading wastewater treatment plants to meet objectives of the NPS Freshwater – is part of the Three Waters Review, suggests that raising the standards of wastewater treatment plants that discharge into rivers and lakes across the country could cost up to $2 billion.
2018 Auckland Index and Auckland Growth Monitor - ATEED
ATEED has published the 2018 edition of the Auckland Index and the Auckland growth monitor. The 2018 Auckland Index and Auckland Growth Monitor include new features as well as updated data. The index now includes a new ‘Quarterly Snapshot’ section, as well as a section devoted to our financial ‘Markets’.