Category: Resource Management

  • Housing Intensification

    11 October 2022

    Urban intensification, and in particular housing intensification, enabled by the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021 (Housing Supply Act) is now a reality.The Housing Supply Act amended the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the National Policy Statement of Urban Development 2020 (NPS UD) to enable greater levels of residential intensification in urban areas in New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing urban centres. The amendments build on earlier central government-mandated compulsory urban intensification in the ...

  • Housing Supply Bill Increases Development Opportunities

    4 March 2022

    Introduced into Parliament on 19 October 2021, the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (Housing Supply Bill) was passed into law on 20 December 2021. The Housing Supply Bill amends the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to enable more as-of-right residential development opportunities.The changes to the RMA require councils in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, and Christchurch:• to provide for medium density residential development in nearly all residential zones• to incorporate medium density residential standards and other ...

  • Complex Communities

    18 October 2021

    Unit title developments are, by their very nature, complex communities.In a unit title development, the community is made up of the unit owners, and also the unit occupiers. All sit alongside and under the body corporate. This disparate group of individuals is a community because they have all chosen to live, work, or invest in the same unit title development.Within the community of a unit title development, there are any number of interest groups (they are sometimes referred to as ...

  • Healthy Homes Standards for Residential Landlords and Tenants

    21 June 2021

    Are you a residential landlord or tenant? If you are, you need to know about the Healthy Homes Standards.The Healthy Homes Standards are set out in the Residential Tenancies (Health Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 (Healthy Homes Regulations). They set minimum standards for residential premises for:heating ventilation insulation draught stopping; and moisture ingress and drainage. Residential landlords are required to install or provide things at their residential premises to achieve those standards unless an exemption applies.Under the Healthy Homes Regulations, a residential landlord must:ensure the premises ...

  • Provision for Remote Body Corporate Meetings Extended

    10 March 2021

    Body corporate meetings (and body corporate committee meetings) may be held in person or by audio link or by audio visual link.The legal basis for holding meetings remotely is found in section 3 of the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020, which amended section 88 of the Unit Titles Act 2010 (Act). Notwithstanding any body corporate operational rule or provision in the Act or the Unit Titles Regulations 2011 to the contrary, section 88 of the Unit Titles ...

  • Body Corporate Repair Schemes – The Body Corporate’s Past Conduct in Focus

    19 August 2020

    Body Corporates have received a timely reminder about the complexities of imposing repair schemes in the recent case of Body Corporate 78693 v Gibson Sheat Shelf Company No.28 Limited [2020] NZHC 825. This case highlights the difficulties of achieving a balance between unit owners for repair methods and cost apportionment; especially where there is a complex unit title development involved.Reinstatement schemes under section 74 of the Unit Titles Act 2010 (UTA) are commonly used where a unit title development requires repair following ...