A Sane #UnitaryPlan Discussion (On Radio NZ)

What is really happening and some faults admitted


Yesterday on Radio New Zealand the Unitary Plan was again discussed between Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning Bill McKay and RNZ’s own Todd Niall.


You can hear this discussion below:


The discussion was more of the sane ones I have heard unlike when The Nation had Auckland 2040’s Richard Burton on there being not sure what Housing New Zealand had done with the out-of-scope material and then threatening to sue the Government if such level of intensification went ahead (http://www.newshub.co.nz/tvshows/thenation/aucklands-backyard-war-2016031211?ref=video).


Deputy Mayor Hulse also admitted that the last three years that the Council with the Unitary Plan (led by herself) had done a couple of stuff-ups that if on top of would have made the entire processes (especially all the information out there from the onset rather than having the blogs having to carry that weight) easier for all than currently is.


But I will let you listen to the discussion above and you draw your own conclusions with where the Unitary Plan is to date.


Manukau Unitary Plan 081 Super Metro Zone
Manukau Unitary Plan 081 Super Metro Zone



One thought on “A Sane #UnitaryPlan Discussion (On Radio NZ)

  1. I would describe the ‘discussion’ as safe, rather than ‘sane’. Three people who had an almost same position on a highly controversial issue were invited to ‘debate’ it. And – surprise, surprise – they agreed that intensification was good for Auckland and that this time around it would be well designed. As if design was the issue.
    It was a really low point for journalistic quality on National Radio. A planning issue (scale and location of intensification) was confused with a design issue (and ended up in discussing balconies!), while a supposedly independent academic viewpoint was used to corroborate a failed government policy. Neither healthy nor ‘sane’ use of the nation’s principal medium of public debate.

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