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Character Coalition

Character Counts

Independent Hearings Panel

I have been tearing my hair out trying to understand the IHP process and I suspect I am not alone. I don't blame the Panel. I think they have been given an impossible task but I do think that, once again, the community is disadvantaged and it will be the corporations and businesses that can afford to pay for someone to do it for them that will have the easiest time.

Here are three ways we can help

1. Auckland 2040 Workshop 

From 2040
By now those groups that made submissions or further submissions should have started to receive information on the hearing process. It seems very daunting with so many stages we need to be involved in and then only a brief time to state your case at the actual hearings. We are organising a workshop to talk about the process and how community groups can approach it. We would also discuss how best we can all work together for maximum effect.

We propose holding the workshop on Wednesday 8 October, probably from 7.00 pm to 9.00pm.

Would you please let me know as soon as possible. We would prefer a maximum of 2 or 3 from each group.

Together we can make this work.


Chris Handford

Auckland 2040

2. Step by Step Process

If you made a submission and indicated you wished to be heard you will have received an email headed Auckland Unitary Plan-Notice of Pre-hearing meeting and hearing for topic.....
The email explains the steps you have to follow but I have simplified it below:
  • Your submission or further submission number is at the top of the email next to the date.
  • Click on the link in the email you received.
  • On the left is the list of topics.
  • Click on the topic listed in your email which will take you to to the SPP (submission point pathway) report link.
  • Click on that to download the spread sheet.
  • Open the spread sheet.
  • Use Ctrl F to bring up the search box and enter your submission number. You need to search ALL of the following
    • Your original submission number
    • Your further submission number
    • Any submission that you supported or opposed.
  • This will take you to your submission points in the spreadsheet and you can see the pathway that the IHP has chosen for this topic.
  • If you agree with the pathway you do not need to respond or go to the pre-hearing.
  • If you don't agree with the pathway you need to attend the pre-hearing and say why.

3. Help is a Phone Call Away

The IHP has Hearings Administrators who can answer your questions and send you information. 
Rebecca Vertongen was extremely helpful and pleasant to deal with. Give her a call on 890 7733.




We are in the process of recruiting experts to assist us with the hearings. None are confirmed yet but we have approached a planner, a heritage architect and a lawyer who are considering our submission.

The big problem is the number of hearings. The Hearings Schedule is really daunting. I have identified six sessions the CC would need to be at before the end of February. Even with experts to support us a CC member would need to be there. If anyone is prepared to be part of this process please let me know.

We are also still fundraising to pay for the expert help.

Please let me know how you are getting on and what your issues are. I think we need to let them know how bad it is for ordinary people. I also need to know I am not doing this on my own so please contact me.

All the best

Sally Hughes
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