Spatial plan will ensure economic growth for Auckland
Press Release by Local Government Minister Rodney Hide and Environment Minister Nick Smith
Thursday, November 4 2010
The Auckland Council’s first Auckland spatial plan will help to ensure that New Zealand has a city which can provide a
key link to the global economy, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide and Environment Minister Nick Smith said today.
“Auckland is the engine room of New Zealand’s economy. A prosperous Auckland ensures economic growth for the rest of the
country, and makes a significant contribution to the Government’s economic growth, social, environmental and
infrastructure objectives,” Mr Hide said.
“Internationally, cities are increasingly driving national economic growth and competing globally for skilled workers,
international and innovative companies, and high value economic activities. Auckland is predicted to take up to 60
percent of New Zealand’s population growth over the next 30 years and will provide New Zealand with a significant
“One of the most important roles of the Auckland Council will be to articulate the 20-30 year vision for Auckland
through the spatial plan.
“When Cabinet met on Monday, a number of decisions were made about how central government will engage with the Auckland
Council in the development of the first spatial plan. I have written to Mayor Len Brown to communicate those decisions,”
Mr Hide said.
Dr Smith said: “Cabinet agreed the spatial plan is the key vehicle for developing an integrated approach to managing
Auckland’s urban growth.
“The Government is looking forward to working with the Auckland Council to ensure the spatial plan is properly
integrated into broader decision making. Submissions on a Ministry for the Environment discussion document outlining
proposals to reform the urban and infrastructure planning system, including proposals relating to spatial planning
provisions, close on 17 December.
A number of government agencies, including the Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry for the Environment, will
be working with the Auckland Council as it develops its first spatial plan.
“The spatial plan will illustrate how Auckland will develop in the future. It will show where and when growth will occur
in transport, housing, energy, water, recreation, education and health infrastructure and services,” Dr Smith said.
“Aucklanders will be looking to see that the spatial plan sets out their aspirations for their city – all those that are
affordable and feasible – and which supports efficient and effective resource allocation. It will provide guidance to
improve Auckland’s built environment, and ensure infrastructure is delivered in the right place at the right time.”
The Ministers said: “We look forward to discussing the spatial plan at an Auckland central government-local government
forum in the New Year.”