Project Twin Streams case study: Large-scale property purchase without recourse to compulsory purchase

Publication date: 
July 2011
Publication reference number: 
CR 108

Project Twin Streams is a 10-year urban sustainability project that aims to restore 56 kilometres of Waitakere stream banks through an integrated community development initiative.

Seventy-eight full purchases and 78 part-purchases were successfully negotiated without having to invoke the compulsory acquisition component of the Public Works Act (1981) (PWA).

The approach adopted by Project Twin Streams reinforces the value of the international Agenda 21 approach, which implies that if people understand the problems, and are involved in the solutions, the uptake is likely to be much more successful.

This case study was prepared for the Ministry for the Environment by Atlas Communications & Media Ltd on behalf of Waitakere City Council, Auckland.