NZ Urban Development news from the media | 28 Jun 2022 | Plasterboard taskforce set up to ease shortages


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Plasterboard taskforce set up to ease shortages

The Minister for Building and Construction Megan Woods has set up a Ministerial taskforce with key construction, building consent, and supply chain experts to look at what more can be done to ease plasterboard shortages, including the potential for legislative or regulatory change.

“The Government is committed to supporting the building sector to deliver the homes and buildings that New Zealand needs. That’s why my top priority is to ensure builders, from big companies to single tradies have the materials they need to do their job with confidence,” says Megan Woods.

Winstone Wallboards, a subsidiary of Fletcher Building, with its GIB brand of plasterboard, currently makes up around 95 per cent of the New Zealand market, and has not been able to keep up with demand.

Iwi to turn New Plymouth office block into hub for Māori business

One of central New Plymouth's most eye-catching buildings is to get a whole new look, as its iwi owner embarks on a project to transform it into a cultural hub for Māori businesses.

The Atkinson Building, in Devon St West, was bought for $1.88 million in April by the commercial arm of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa, which took up the first right of refusal option of its Treaty of Waitangi settlement to purchase it.

The building’s modernist architecture makes it one of the city’s best-known landmarks, but in recent times the 54-year-old building has begun to show its age both inside and out.

National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity: Exposure draft

The Government has released a National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) exposure draft for targeted consultation.  

The NPSIB is an essential part of our response to biodiversity decline in Aotearoa and aims to protect, maintain and restore our indigenous biodiversity. 

Consultation closes at 11.59pm on 21 July 2022.

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