Our Response To COVID 19

The health, safety and wellbeing of our team, communities and clients is of the highest concern to Avanzar Consulting Ltd. Consequently, we take very seriously the guidelines and policies put into place by the Ministry of Health and Government, whilst at the same time trying to be agile and responsive to the needs of all […]

Selwyn District Plan Review

The Selwyn District Plan Review is currently underway. The review proposes changes in zoning and in the rules that apply to properties in the Selwyn District.  These changes have the potential to have a significant impact on what some land in the District can be used for. It is important that you identify whether your […]

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 […]

Fast tracking the RMA

As a result of the effects of Covid-19 the ANZ bank predicts the New Zealand economy will be 10.4% smaller in December of this year than it was in January.  The Government is proposing stimulating the economy and providing employment by funding projects. This is proposed in association with fast tracking the Resource Management Act […]

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 […]

Opportunities in Planning

As Machiavelli wrote, “Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis”. In the midst of the worldwide Covid-19 crisis, people all around the world are considering what the world will and could look like post-Covid-19. There are an increasing number of articles out there on this topic. The following is a brief summary of […]

Thinking Ahead – A Guide

The unknowns around New Zealand’s current Alert Level 4, and subsequent moves through the levels, coupled with unknowns as to when a vaccine will be available; when New Zealand’s borders can open, when international tourists will return, and what level of impact all of this will have on New Zealanders spending power will clearly have […]

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 […]