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1. Introduction

The New Zealand Urban Design Protocol (“the Protocol”) was introduced by the Government to foster improvement in the quality of New Zealand’s towns and cities through urban design. It was launched in March 2005 with 78 initial signatories, and a further 41 organisations had signed up by the time this survey was carried out. Current signatories to the Protocol include central and local government organisations, property developers and investors, consultants involved in planning, design, engineering and related fields, professional institutes, educational institutes and a variety of sector organisations.

Signatories make a commitment to develop action plans for their organisations to put the Protocol into effect, and to submit these plans to the Ministry for the Environment within six months of signing up. They are also required to monitor implementation of the actions and report every two years to the Ministry on this. Monitoring of action plans will assist the Ministry for the Environment to track progress in implementation of actions and to determine the impact signatories are having through implementing the action plans. It will also provide guidance for future direction by identifying lessons learnt and any barriers to implementation of action plans.

This report presents the results of the first round of monitoring carried out in October 2006. Only the 104 organisations who had signed up before 1 February 2006 were required to monitor their action plans for this first report-back as these signatories should have submitted action plans by the time monitoring was undertaken. More recent signatories will be incorporated in the next review in 2008.