9 Nov 2020

Episode 5: The Awkward Threesome - House Talk

From House Talk, 6:00 am on 9 November 2020

Series Classification: G (General Audiences)

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Sometimes relationships just don’t work.  Is there any hope for reconciliation in the property market between the conflicting interests of developers, councils and residents?​

Citizens, property developers and local councils are often in conflict with each other over critical housing and planning decisions.

But where should the power lie – with the developers because they take the financial risk, with the community because they pay rates and should determine the shape of their future or with the local council as the enforcers of planning rules and regulations?

In this episode we talk to all three groups and explore whether the average person or community group has the practical ability to actually stop a development.

Hon David Parker, Minister for the Environment

Hon David Parker, Minister for the Environment Photo: Crux Ltd

Jim Boult, Mayor of Queenstown Lakes District Council

Jim Boult, Mayor of Queenstown Lakes District Council Photo: Crux Ltd

Niamh Shaw QLDC, Wanaka Councillor & Resident

Niamh Shaw QLDC, Wanaka Councillor & Resident Photo: Crux Ltd

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