Te hanga i ngā whakahoatanga whakatipu tāone | Building urban growth partnerships

As part of the Government’s Urban Growth Agenda, we have been building urban growth partnerships with central and local government and iwi in Aotearoa’s fastest growing urban areas. The partnerships provide forums for engagement and collaboration between central government, local councils, and mana whenua on the strategic issues that our high growth urban areas are facing.

Joint spatial plans and associated joint work programmes are important outputs of urban growth partnerships. They provide a long-term, place-based framework for the development of an area, identifying how and where urban growth will be accommodated, and the infrastructure needed.

These plans can include more detailed information on priority development areas, land use planning initiatives (e.g., zoning reform), preparation and integration of transport business cases, development of financing tools and identification of large-scale projects (e.g., for delivery by Kāinga Ora).

Projects may span 10 to 50–plus years. In 2020/21, the number of established urban growth partnerships increased from two to five. An example of this partnership is with the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee that was established in July 2021. 

It is the largest urban growth partnership and comprises two Ministers, 10 local councils and seven iwi partners from the Wellington-Wairarapa-Horowhenua region. The committee provides leadership on regionally significant matters, such as housing and urban development, and oversees the implementation of the partnership’s joint spatial plan The Wellington Regional Growth Framework.

The joint spatial plan identifies how the region could accommodate an additional 200,000 people and 100,000 additional jobs over the next 30 years. It also addresses challenges, such as affordable housing, natural hazards, climate change and equitable access to social, educational and employment opportunities. A future project for the partnership will be building the capacity and capability of the iwi partners. This will involve central and local government supporting iwi and Māori participation, sharing spatial planning knowledge, and applying Māori values to the implementation of joint work.

For more information visit our Urban growth partnerships page.

Published: December 16, 2021

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