Innovative, joined-up thinking

Innovative and joined-up thinking, new ways of working together and new planning, funding and financing mechanisms will support fast and effective delivery on agreed outcomes.

This initiative builds on existing planning processes in Auckland and the Waikato, but recognises that to date local government hasn’t had all the tools needed to truly transform the corridor.

This uniquely collaborative partnership is focused on ensuring well planned, high quality development can happen at pace and at scale through better planning between central and local government organisations and iwi.

Communities and interested parties will have the opportunity to be part of the thinking for some of the key initiatives that are getting underway in 2019.

It’s expected it will reflect existing plans.

We’re not starting from scratch. This initiative builds on and supports existing and future Crown partnerships with local authorities, such as the Housing Infrastructure Fund, Kiwibuild, NZ Transport Agency subsidies, the Supporting Growth Programme, Special Housing Areas legislation, Crown Infrastructure Partners (Special Purpose Vehicle funding) and the proposed housing and urban development authority (Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities).

The vision

The plan’s vision is to support sustainable growth and increase connectivity between Hamilton and Auckland by:

  • improving housing affordability and choices
  • enhancing the quality of the natural and built environments and the vitality of Auckland and Hamilton and the communities within the corridor
  • improving access to employment, public services and amenities
  • creating employment opportunities in the corridor
  • piloting new finance and funding tools to pay for infrastructure
  • trialing new urban planning tools to coordinate growth development.

It aims to plan in an integrated way based on communities of interest rather than existing council boundaries.