The hearings on the Unitary Plan start this month, much earlier than expected.  Check out the website for the Independent Hearing Panel for information on the hearings. The process is very complicated compared with traditional hearings on district plans. 
The Council has announced yet another tranche of Special Housing Areas – check out here to see if you are affected. Some of them cover large areas of existing residential land. Being in a SHA makes it much easier to redevelop a site – very limited consultation and no rights of appeal. 

 What can you do?

  • If you made a submission or further submission and asked to be heard you will be contacted by the Hearings Administrator of the IHP before the start of the process for the relevant part of your submission.
    You will be provided with links to the various reports you need to look at for your submission. You need to check the IHP website regularly for updates and changes in schedules for pre hearing meetings etc.

  • If you asked to be heard, it is important to follow the steps set out by the IHP and stay involved. 

  • Initially, this means advising the Hearing Administrator whether you agree with the suggested way of dealing with your submission point and, if not, whether you will be attending the pre-hearing meeting.
  • You should attend if you do not agree with the suggested pathway for your submission point.

We have been told that community groups involved in these hearings do not qualify for financial assistance from the Ministry for the Environment Legal Assistance Fund. 

As a result we desperately need financial support to engage experts to assist us at the hearings.
Please make a donation to help us.

You can make a deposit donation to the following account.

BNZ Takapuna 02 0272 0268983 000
Auckland 2040 Incorporated
or send a cheque to:
Auckland 2040 Incorporated, 7 Park Ave, Takapuna, Auckland 0622


Auckland 2040 is committed to ensuring that the future development of Auckland under the Auckland Unitary Plan balances the need for intensification with protecting the character of our residential areas.

We keep in touch with a large number of community and residents’ groups from all over Auckland as well as individuals who share our desire for Auckland to remain a great place to live and work. We aim to keep people informed about what is happening with the Unitary Plan and how they can have input into the process.

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Auckland 2040 played a key role in getting Auckland Council to change the draft Unitary Plan so that haphazard intensification would not be able to occur in large areas of Auckland’s suburbs.

We made extensive submissions on the residential provisions of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP). We still have major concerns about the type of development that will result from the rules in the PAUP, there is real potential for some very poor developments, despite what the Council says

Click here to see Auckland 2040's full submission

Click here for the Summary of Decisions Requested on the Proposed Plan

Auckland 2040 has made further submissions against the big developers and others who have asked for further significant relaxation of the rules for residential development.

The report on Further Submissions is available here


Hearings will be held by the Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) and are starting in September. There are three main stages before the actual hearings: Pre- hearing meetings, expert conferencing, and mediation.
The aim will be to resolve as many issues as possible through expert conferencing and mediation
If you made submissions or further submissions, for each issue you submitted on, you will be sent links to a Parties and Issues Report and a Submission Pathway Report (SPP) spreadsheet. Basically the SPP lists all submission points on an issue or part of the UP. For each submitter, it recommends the way in which the Panel thinks the issue or point of submission should be considered. eg mediation, expert conferencing, consider, straight to hearing etc. “Consider” means that the submitter has not asked to be heard on their submission or further submission.

A schedule listing all the dates for pre- hearing meetings, mediation, expert conferencing, and hearings is available on the IHP website This changes frequently

You can find information on each of the stages on the fact sheets produced by the IHP here We recommend you read these