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MfE Releases its National Medium Density Design Guide
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MfE Releases its National Medium Density Design Guide

By June 7, 2022 0
The Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act was enacted in December 2021. This introduced the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS), which are aimed at increasing housing supply and choice across our largest urban areas by enabling the
Waka Kotahi launches a new innovation fund
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Waka Kotahi launches a new innovation fund

By May 12, 2022 0
Waka Kotahi has launched a new innovation fund, Hoe ki angitū, and wants to hear from innovators with solutions to some of the problems facing transport in New Zealand. Hoe ki angitū, a $15 million innovation fund, will support and accelerate
The 20-minute city + survey
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The 20-minute city + survey

By February 15, 2022 1
The 20-minute city is more and more gaining traction in modern city planning. As a concept that started in Portland, Oregon, many more cities across the world have since adopted it as a method to improve urban life and cover
Can buildings provide habitat for native species?
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Can buildings provide habitat for native species?

By December 18, 2021 0
Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington PhD student Maggie MacKinnon’s research investigates the role buildings could play in enhancing urban green infrastructure. Rapid and increasing urbanisation results in habitat loss and degradation and is a primary threat to
Environmental Committee recommends amendments
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Environmental Committee recommends amendments

By December 3, 2021 0
Following the consideration of 966 submissions and 183 presentations of oral evidence in just under three weeks, the Environment Committee has presented its report on the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to the House. Some of the
It’s time for an Aotearoa Design Office
RMA Reform

It’s time for an Aotearoa Design Office

By November 24, 2021 4
Government is pulling all the levers to get more housing built, but in the rush will we create environments worth living in? In Germany they consider the impact of building and place making so important to society that they have
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