Auckland Deserves Better

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Given by 33 generous donors in 2 years

Auckland should be properly planned to keep its special character and natural beauty, for all our communities. No regressive demolition!


With bi-partisan support, and little allowance for submissions, the Government passed the Resource Management (Housing) Amendment Act in December 2021. This will see three dwellings of three-storey development on all residential land throughout Auckland, except on properties Auckland Council say are covered by a “qualifying matter.” This may include areas already protected in the Unitary Plan because of their special character.

Even though Auckland Council, with significant public input, had already defined Special Character Areas in the Unitary Plan in 2016, and despite record intensification already exceeding expectations, the Act required Council to review these areas. With no legal requirement to do so, Council now proposes that up to a third of homes in Special Character Areas will no longer qualify. This will result in their destruction.

Unless Aucklanders take action, developers will inevitably build in these areas to the maximum height and bulk with bare minimum design standards. There is no incentive or requirement to do otherwise. The intrinsic qualities of these urban environments and collective actions of generations of Aucklanders, will be lost forever.

Character Coalition, representing more than 60 Auckland organisations will make the most robust expert case possible and participate fully in the planning process. We’re working with lawyers, architects, planners and resource consent professionals to defend Auckland from this devastating new law.

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All funds will engage with lawyers, architects, planners and resource consent professionals for the most effective participation in the planning process. Every dollar allows action, the greater the amount raised, the more effective we will be. As the planning process extends, more funds may be needed.

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Planning Decisions Delayed  2 July 2024

Because of extensive delays in the planning process, the Auckland Deserves Better Appeal is being extended until 30 December 2024. This will allow Character Coalition to continue to raise funds to fully represent the interests of more than 60 Auckland organisations for hearings which are now expected later in 2025.

The Hearings into the remaining topics to implement Plan Change 78, including proposed Special Character Areas were to begin in June 2024 but the Hearing’s Panel could not proceed because:

a: the coalition government says it intends but has not yet introduced legislation to allow Council’s to opt out of the MDRS making much of Plan Change 78 optional,

b: Auckland Council has not yet produced a variation to the Plan Change to address critical implications of flooding,

c: Auckland Council has not yet produced a variation for the now cancelled light-rail corridor (LRC) which was formerly excluded from the plan change.

Proceeding with the hearings now would clearly be a waste of time and money.

Fortunately, the Minister for Resource Management Reform Chris Bishop finally agreed to extend by a year the requirement for a hearings’ decision - now to 31 March 2026. The Hearing Panel has clarified that the Special Character hearings will not be going ahead this year and said that it will review the situation in early 2025.

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Mandy on 22 Dec 2023
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Thank you for supporting Auckland to maintain its unique sense of place, heritage and character for all our communities, Mandy.

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Sandra Lorraine
Sandra Lorraine on 17 Dec 2023
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Thank you for continuing to support Auckland to maintain its unique sense of place, heritage and character for all our communities, Sandra.

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Trish Deans
Trish Deans on 11 Jul 2023
Auckland can't loose any more of its heritage and special character buildings at the whim of the Government and Auckland Council
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Thank you for your generous support, Trish. We agree, the future of Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland should not be shaped by whim or dictate but primarily by the communities who call it home.

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Coralie on 10 Jul 2023
A fight worth fighting
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Thank you for your generous donation Coralie. Yes, our beautiful city is deserving of such effort, for all our communities' sake.

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Guest Donor on 18 Apr 2023
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Thank you for your generous support to present the best case possible to create a city that treasures it's unique qualities that all can enjoy.

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This campaign started on 11 Apr 2022 and ends on 30 Dec 2024.