04 April 2013
Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Hon Amy Adams, Minister for the Environment
Dear Prime Minister and Minister Adams
Re: Draft Auckland Unitary Plan and proposed RMA changes
I write this email to you on behalf of a number of Auckland Councillors who are concerned that you understand that the
lobbying by Auckland Council for fast tracking the draft Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) by giving effect to the plan on
notification is not the unanimous view of the Auckland Council.
There are growing numbers of councillors, across the political spectrum, welcoming the decision by Government to take
time to ensure there is careful analysis and good process for the AUP, understanding that weight and credibility must be
given to the hearings process over the coming three years. We agree that the hearings panel must be allowed to do its
work before, not after, these massive changes take legal effect.
Given the importance and complexity of this plan, Council and Government owe it to Aucklanders to ensure the plan is
both credible and deliverable. The draft plan is meeting fierce community opposition as people begin to come to grips
with the detail of proposed development and the fact that there is no guarantee of essential infrastructure to support
The Government is right to stand firm on its concerns that the position advocated by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of
Auckland Council, do not provide adequate recourse for Aucklanders to seek full and impartial review of the council
The plan has been rushed to meet electoral deadlines, meaning it is ill considered and has the capacity to cause massive
social disruption for generations to come if it is rammed through. As a member of the original working party on the
Unitary Plan I can confirm that insufficient time was allocated to major issues. Taking a long term pro Auckland
perspective it will be far better for Auckland to work with legacy council plans until such time as the AUP can be
proven to be properly considered.
The Auckland Unitary Plan should not be given effect on notification.
We are very happy to supply further information if required.
Hon Christine Fletcher QSO on behalf of Cr Sandra Coney, Cr Mike Lee, Cr Wayne Walker, Cr George Wood, Cr Dick Quax, Cr
Cameron Brewer, Cr Sharon Stewart, Cr Calum Penrose