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Nick Smith flagged yesterday that the Government is considering taking legal action to counter any delays forced on Auckland's Unitary Plan by the more-than-100 appeals lodged against the plan in the Environment and High Courts by residents' groups, developers and corporates.
The introduction of Auckland's Unitary Plan and a long-hoped-for surge in housing supply faces the prospect of yet more delay after around 100 appeals were lodged against the plan in the Environment Court and the High Court by Friday afternoon's deadline. The appeals included many from heavy hitters with significant legal budgets and years of experience in challenging planning legislation through the Environment and High Courts.
John Hassan was appointed an Environment Court and District Court Judge in Christchurch, job ads rose 3.2% in October, New Zealand slipped from 8th to 23rd in a ranking of ease of paying tax and producer price inflation surged in the September quarter.