• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland
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      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      Waikato

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

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      Whanganui

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

      Manawatu

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

      Northland

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

      Auckland

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

      Gisborne

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

      Taranaki

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 

      Wellington

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.

      Canterbury

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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.

      Otago

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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.

      Marlborough

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.

      Southland

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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District Information – Consents

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Building Consents

Building consents are legal documents that you need to obtain before starting any construction work on your property. This is a requirement under the Building Act 2004 and the Building Regulations 2006.

The purpose of building consents is to ensure that all construction work is carried out in compliance with the Building Code, which sets out minimum standards for safety, health, and durability of buildings. By obtaining a building consent, you are showing that your construction work meets these standards and that your building is safe to occupy.

Building consents are issued by your local council, which is responsible for enforcing the Building Act and the Building Code. You will need to submit an application for a building consent to your local council, along with detailed plans and specifications of your proposed construction work. The council will review your application and ensure that it complies with the Building Code and any other relevant legislation, such as the Resource Management Act.

If your application meets all the requirements, your building consent will be issued, and you can start your construction work. However, it’s important to note that building consents are not a guarantee that your building will be compliant with the Building Code once it’s completed. You will still need to obtain a Code Compliance Certificate once your construction work is finished, which certifies that your building complies with the Building Code and other relevant legislation.

Building consents also play an important role in ensuring that all construction work is carried out in a safe and controlled manner. The council will conduct inspections at various stages of your construction work to ensure that it is being carried out in compliance with the Building Code and any other relevant legislation. This helps to minimize the risk of accidents and ensures that your building is safe for occupants.

Resource Consents

Resource consents are legal documents that you may need to obtain before carrying out any activities that could have an impact on the environment. These activities may include things like building, earthworks, discharging contaminants into water, and many others. The purpose of resource consents is to ensure that these activities are carried out in a way that minimizes their impact on the environment and on other people.

Resource consents are issued by your local council, which is responsible for enforcing the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The RMA is New Zealand’s primary legislation for managing the use of natural and physical resources, and it requires that anyone carrying out activities that could have an impact on the environment must obtain a resource consent.

To apply for a resource consent, you will need to submit an application to your local council, along with detailed information about your proposed activity and its potential effects on the environment. The council will then review your application and assess whether your proposed activity is likely to have any adverse effects on the environment or on other people.

If your application meets all the requirements, your resource consent will be issued, and you can proceed with your proposed activity. However, it’s important to note that resource consents may include conditions that you will need to comply with to ensure that your activity is carried out in an environmentally sustainable way.

Resource consents also play an important role in ensuring that New Zealand’s natural and physical resources are used in a sustainable way. By regulating activities that could have an impact on the environment, resource consents help to protect our natural heritage and ensure that future generations can enjoy New Zealand’s unique environment.

Development Contribution Fees (DCF)

Development Contribution Fees (DCF) are fees that local councils charge to help fund the infrastructure needed to support new developments in their area. These fees are typically charged when a new development is proposed, and they are based on the size and nature of the development.

DCF can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure, including roads, water and sewerage systems, parks and reserves, and community facilities. The purpose of these fees is to ensure that the cost of providing this infrastructure is shared fairly between new development and existing ratepayers.

If you’re planning on developing land in New Zealand, it’s important to understand the DCF requirements in your area. You’ll need to apply to your local council for a DCF assessment as part of your resource consent application.

The DCF assessment will estimate the costs of the infrastructure required to support your proposed development, and calculate the fees you will need to pay. These fees will be paid to the council before your development can proceed, and they are generally payable in one lump sum or in instalments.

It’s important to note that DCF can add a significant cost to your development, so it’s important to factor these fees into your project budget. However, they are an important tool for ensuring that the costs of providing infrastructure to support new development are shared fairly between developers and existing ratepayers.

Project Information Memorandum (PIM)

When applying for a resource consent, you may also need to obtain a Project Information Memorandum (PIM) from your local council. A PIM is a report that provides information about the property you are proposing to use or develop, as well as any potential issues that may need to be addressed during the resource consent process.

A PIM can be a useful tool for identifying potential issues early on in the resource consent process. It can also help you to understand any requirements that may need to be met before your application can be approved.

To obtain a PIM, you will need to apply to your local council, providing details about your proposed activity and the property you intend to use or develop. The council will then provide you with a report that outlines any relevant information about the property, such as zoning, flood risk, and any known hazards or contamination issues.

PIMs can be particularly useful for more complex developments, such as those involving earthworks or significant changes to the land. They can also be helpful for identifying potential issues with heritage buildings or sites, or areas of ecological significance.

It’s important to note that a PIM is not a resource consent, and obtaining a PIM does not guarantee that your resource consent application will be approved. However, it can help to ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your proposed activity.

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