Should the Auckland Regional Policy Statement – Urban Growth factor in the rise of Waikato Satellites and them commuting into Auckland?

A question raised by Council and one I am going to raise with the Unitary Plan Panel next week

The question I have for fellow readers is:

Should the Auckland Regional Policy Statement – Urban Growth factor in the rise of Waikato Satellites and them commuting into Auckland?

The answer Council has given in rebuttal to my Primary Evidence (which says we should) basically we ignore what is going on outside the region when “planning for Auckland.”


Manukau – Super Metro

  • 10.1 Mr Ben Ross (Ben Ross, 1606) has pursued his submission that the Manukau Commercial centre be rezoned as a ‘Super Metropolitan Centre Zone’ and a suite of objectives, policies and rules be inserted into the Unitary Plan to manage growth in the centre. The central premise is that Manukau (and Albany131) should be afforded greater regional and inter-regional prominence, than the current position as contained in the Metropolitan Centre tier of the commercial hierarchy.
  • 10.2 I have read Mr Ross’s evidence in its entirety. I do not agree with his proposition. I retain my views as expressed at paragraphs 10.8, 10.9, 10.32 to 10.34 of my EiC.
  • 10.3 Principally, I reiterate my EiC paragraph 10.34, that there is no appreciable benefit in the proposition. The Ross approach would not in my view: better give effect to the provisions of B3.1; would increase the extent of complexity in the plan provisions; inappropriately be predicated on servicing markets outside the region132 with resultant transport and retail distribution inefficiencies; and is unnecessary in terms of providing for additional commercial growth/

132 Bonis EiC 10.18. Refer Ross EiC. Attachment D, Super Metro Centre Objective 1 “To serve as complementary to the main City Centre Zone in servicing core parts of the region (Manukau serving Southern Auckland and arguably the northern Waikato, and Albany in time serving the North Shore, Rodney and Northland)…”


Source: Council Rebuttal Evidence for Centres Zones In. Case of Inter-Regional Planning Needed? #nzpols

It goes back to my question yesterday on do we need inter-regional planning (link above) especially when the Auckland Plan recognises inter-regional connectivity in Section B (Auckland Now and into the Future) and Chapter Six (Auckland’s Economy).

This graphic from Chapter B of the Auckland Plan:

Map-B.1-Inter-Regional-Connectivity_120427_noTitle1 Source:

And Chapter 6 – The Auckland Economy:

376_ Auckland needs an effective strategy to grow the ‘economic pie’. This depends on collaboration from stakeholders including central government, local government in Auckland and beyond, business, education and research institutes, and the community. Central government establishes the economic macro context through its policies, and supports a network of agencies to coordinate activity nationally. This Plan identifies key Auckland-wide issues and establishes the framework for achieving Auckland’s vision. Auckland’s Economic Development Strategy, developed in parallel with the Auckland Plan, expands on the economic priorities and crosscutting opportunities set out in this Plan.

377_ Map 6.1 outlines the key economic directions for Auckland. Understanding how Auckland is expected to grow and planning for this growth will ensure that Auckland maximises its potential, while retaining liveability – aspects that attract investment and entrepreneurial talent. Map 6.1 identifies the major centres and business areas in Auckland and the economic corridors which connect them, and provide for new business activity. The corridors highlight the flows of economic activity from Auckland to the rest of New Zealand. Economic infrastructure is shown, such as the ports and airports that help drive our economy and connect us globally (refer Priorities 1 and 3), and some of the elements (e.g. visitor attractions) that make us attractive to visitors (Priority 5). The map displays elements of the innovation system associated with Priority 2.


Plan and provide for sufficient business-zoned land and infrastructure to achieve employment capacity targets and improved economic opportunity.

385_ The Auckland Council is responsible for ensuring that sufficient business and employment land is available for development. The location of industrial, office and retail activities will occur in a coordinated and strategic manner to maximise liveability and economic productivity. Auckland’s employment is concentrated in a number of centres, particularly the city centre with its predominant financial and commercial function, and the metropolitan centres. High concentrations of employment are also found in the business areas situated along Auckland’s two major economic corridors: the main southern motorway and the rail corridors (Penrose, Wiri). There is also an arc of business land running from East Tamaki through to the airport, and to the north, concentrations of employment occur along the northern motorway (Takapuna/Smales Farm, Wairau Valley, North Harbour and Rosedale Industrial Estates and Albany).


Ensure an efficient and effective regulatory process with strong public – private relationships, and implement a streamlined regulatory process that offers reduced uncertainty around cost, timing and outcome.

Table 6.1 Projected Employment Growth

* Source: Market Economics, medium employment projections. Figures take into consideration population projections, estimates of industry export performance, gross fixed capital formation and productivity change.

386_ An additional 276,700 jobs will be needed in Auckland by 2041 (as shown in Table 6.1): just over half (51%) of these in the central area, with a further quarter in south Auckland. Growth is strongest in the rural and fringe areas of Auckland, although this is off a lower base.

387_ To create a sustainable city, the growth in Auckland must support and strengthen existing communities and their employment opportunities. We need to better connect where people live, where they work and how they get there. It is expected that at least 1,400 hectares of additional business land is required to cater for growth of some 12.5 million m2 of new floor space. This growth is made up of:

  • 2,968,000 m2 of additional office floor space
  • 1,813,000 m2 of additional retail and hospitality floor space
  • 6,067,000 m2 of additional industrial floor space
  • 1,659,000 m2 of additional education and health floor space.

388_ Auckland is New Zealand’s main commercial centre for the finance, insurance, transport and logistics and business service industries, and the largest centre for manufacturing. The city centre will remain the focal point for finance and business services, and similar industries. The strong growth expected in office activity (an additional 129,000 employees and 2,968,000 m2 of floor space) will be encouraged in centres and areas identified for future business intensification, to make the best use of existing infrastructure and investment. The majority of this demand (64%) is expected to occur in the centre of Auckland, with 16-17% occurring in the northern and southern economic corridors.

389_ While central Auckland requires the greatest additional floor space, most of the land requirement is in the industrial areas in southern Auckland. Industrial demand is likely to expand southwards as the demands on more centrally located land increase, causing prices to rise. Growth in the ‘golden triangle’ (Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga) is likely to continue. The airport, as a key transportation and distribution hub, will continue to be a major driver of business location, as will population growth, which is likely to be strongest in the southern parts of Auckland over the next 30 years.


Protect, enhance and improve business-zoned areas and business improvement districts.

390_ There is concern over the scarcity of industrial land to meet this forecast demand. Nearly one third of industrial land has been used for non-industrial purposes over the past decade, principally for retail, office and residential use. Auckland’s restricted store of industrial land will be actively managed to ensure that industrial activity – critical to Auckland’s economic performance – is not impeded. This requires the safeguarding of existing industrial-zoned sites, effective reuse of brownfield sites, and the provision of new industrial-zoned land in suitable locations. Auckland will probably require around 1,000 hectares of additional business-zoned land (in greenfields) to meet expected growth in industrial activities over the next 30 years. This land requirement is included in the identification of greenfield areas for investigation. The release of greenfield land will be managed, to ensure an adequate and phased supply of industrial land across the region (see Section D: Auckland’s High Level Development Strategy).

391_ Changes in the way business operates, driven by advances in technology and information systems, will impact on land use and future business land needs. Further analysis will determine future requirements for freight hubs and distribution centres within Auckland. Monitoring of business land uptake and demand will ensure future planning is effective (see part D4, Section D: Auckland’s High Level Development Strategy).


Monitor demand and supply of business land activities in urban and rural Auckland.



Okay so from the Auckland Plan there is a very big push to inter-regional connectivity. This is emphasised as more of Auckland’s “workers” live in growing satellites in the Northern Waikato and those Satellites will be reliant on the bigger centres to support or service them one way or the other. The Manukau Super Metropolitan Centre  was one of those larger centres.

So again factoring the above from the Auckland Plan:

Should the Auckland Regional Policy Statement – Urban Growth factor in the rise of Waikato Satellites and them commuting into Auckland?