New Building Consent Exemptions

Adding a new cabin, shed or carport to your property just got easier.  The government has announced that from late August many of these projects will no longer require Building Consent. However, before you pull out the power tools, its a smart idea to make sure your project qualifies for the exemption. For example, the exemption […]

A Renewed Appreciation for Public Playgrounds

A friend posted on social media today a photograph showing the sheer delight on her toddler’s face at being allowed to go outside to play.  This, after two months of lockdown in their Paris apartment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here in New Zealand, people are also anticipating the easing of restrictions  as we move […]

Christmas closedown period for consent processing

If you’re planning to lodge an resource or building consent application in December or January, you’ll want to be aware of Council close down periods. The RMA sets statutory time limits for local authorities to process resource consent applications.  For example, councils have 20 working days to process a non-notified application. Over the Christmas and New […]

Scrap the bus timetable: is on demand public transport the way of the future?

For the first time in New Zealand, on demand public transport will be trialed in Timaru next year as a replacement for existing public bus routes. But what exactly does “on demand” public transport look like? Timaru, like many cities across New Zealand and globally, has struggled to maintain patronage and as a result, financial […]

Business in the ‘burbs

Are you planning to open a business in a residential area, or to run a business from home? Make sure you’re aware of the resource consent requirements for your operations. City and district plans traditionally set out specific zones for commercial activities and others for residential use. However, some small businesses choose to operate in […]

The Future of Akaroa Wharf

The quaint French influenced town of Akaroa holds a special place in the hearts of many.  The iconic Akaroa wharf is nearing the end of its useful life, and the Council is keen to hear your feedback on its future. Let them know what’s important to you, what you think works on the current wharf, […]