September update - online service tops 1,000

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More than 1,000 online submissions 

More than 1,000 submissions have been received through GoShift's online service and even more are expected now that Wellington City Council is offering the service.  

WCC is the latest council to go live with the service after the successful pilot. 

Here's the news following Wellington City Council's announcement that it would be offering the service. 

Wellington to introduce online building consents - Mayor Justin Lester's news release 

Exactly what New Zealand needs - Property Council news release  

The team is now working with the remainder of the GoShift councils to encourage them to start using the online service. 

There is also interest from councils who are not currently part of the GoShift initiative. 

 

Programme Control Group (PCG) meeting 

The latest PCG meeting was held on Friday. The group is responsible for overseeing GoShift and providing guidance for the initiative.  

Two hours of the meeting was spent on a workshop, led by Tyson Schmidt from Third Bearing, to look at where councils were currently and where they wanted to be in the future. The outcomes of the workshop will be used to help prioritise what the team focusses on next. 

The meeting agreed that inspection types and checklists will be moved into next year's work. This move is largely due to increasing workload on the small number of team members. The issue of what additional resource was needed was also discussed. 

 

QMS 

The next milestone is to have drafts for regs 11-15 ready for discussion at the QMS Technical Leadership Group meeting on 2 November.  

We are currently in phase one of our three phase approach. Phase 1 is developing content for regs 8 – 18. These will be drafted by March 2018. Phase 2 content for reg 7 - Performing building control functions and phase 3 is implementation. 

 

New entity 

The current project is due to end in June next year. The team is currently looking at what GoShift will look like beyond that time. A number of options will be researched and discussed at the Programme Control Group in November. 

 

COMING UP 

Ross is visiting a number of South Island councils next week. Some of them have already expressed an interest in using the online service. The team also continues to engage with other councils who have expressed an interest in GoShift as a whole and the online service. 

The GoShift team is also talking to the Department of Internal Affairs about our work and the future entity.