Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

Published: 16 May 2016

Auckland Unitary Plan

Auckland Council’s Auckland Unitary Plan (external link) will be the rule book that shapes the way Auckland grows over the next 30 years.


It will set out what can be built, and where, in order to create a higher quality and more compact Auckland while still providing for rural activities and maintaining the coastal and sensitive environments. The Auckland Unitary Plan will determine:

  • what can be built and where
  • how to create a higher quality and more compact Auckland
  • how to provide for rural activities
  • how to maintain coastal and sensitive environments.


The Unitary Plan process has involved Auckland’s most extensive public notification period. The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) was open for submissions for five months from 30 September 2013. In that time Auckland Council received a total of 9,471 submissions, including from Housing New Zealand, requesting more than 100,000 decisions.



Housing New Zealand’s submission

Housing New Zealand is Auckland’s largest residential landowner, with around 27,000 dwellings (30,800 at the time of our 2013 submission) across the city. As such, we are a key stakeholder in Auckland’s future growth and development. We share Auckland Council’s vision of delivering a thriving, compact city under the Auckland Plan and we believe our submission will help the city achieve that vision, while ensuring we continue to provide more warm, dry homes to more people in need, in the right places across our city. Reconfiguring our housing stock is vital, not only for Housing New Zealand, but also for the provision of affordable housing for Auckland – it’s crucial to both the city’s, and the country’s, growth.

Through our submission we are seeking to help the city achieve its objective of ensuring that 60-70 per cent of growth occurs within the existing metropolitan area. Our submission is founded on and supports both this vision of growth and the ‘compact urban form’ outcomes sought by the Auckland Unitary Plan. From these objectives, we’ve derived a set of best-practice, evidence-based planning principles to inform how we believe housing should be distributed spatially across the region. It is on the basis of these principles that we’re seeking re-zoning in areas that are in close proximity to commercial centres and infrastructure facilities such as frequent transport networks, schools and other social amenities.

Housing New Zealand is just one of a number of parties who has an interest in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP). But we have a responsibility to current and future tenants, and taxpayers, to take a thorough and considered approach to how we believe these assets should be used and developed. That’s why we’ve looked not only at our own land holdings but also the context in which they’re located and how they may be used and developed over the next 30 years to achieve a quality, compact city.

By making the most of our assets not only will we contribute to a thriving future Auckland, but we will realise our organisational priorities of providing safe, healthy, warm and dry homes to people in need.


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