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Property Matters newsletter | December 2020

Welcome to the last Government Property Group newsletter for 2020. In this edition, we look at the year in government property and what is ahead in 2021.

We started the year with a clear focus on building relationships with our stakeholders, sharing the Government’s four expectations and enduring themes for the property portfolio, and learning more about the corporate real estate market.

Update on branding, wayfinding and signage guidance for Government buildings

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Thank you to those agencies who provided feedback on the first round of consultation. We have sent out a summary of the key themes we received.

We are updating the draft guidelines, aiming to send the updated document to you in February for a second, and final, round of consultation.

COVID-19 property guidance

The impact of COVID-19 turned our focus to providing useful advice for agencies as everyone embraced remote working. We developed guidance to support the alert level system to help agencies understand the respective alert levels.

This guidance has now been updated, we have consolidated the four ‘Government property workplace guidelines’ for each of the COVID-19 alert levels. This ensures that our guidance is easy to apply and can withstand any potential changes to alert level restrictions.

Read more about guidance for managing workplaces during COVID-19

Government Office Accommodation Programme - project updates

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This year, our Property Planning and Advisory team has been developing regional plans for the 16 regions of New Zealand. These draft plans look to identify potential future property projects across New Zealand.

This work has led to two of these regions progressing with shared accommodation solutions. In the New Year, we’re planning to hold more workshops as shared accommodation opportunities arise.

Read more about priority projects

Government office buildings to become energy efficient

We recently introduced standards on NABERSNZ, a tool that assesses the energy efficiency performance of government office buildings. NABERSNZ has been adapted from the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS).

Find out more about NABERSNZ and energy efficient buildings

Popular reads from 2020

Looking back on the year, the following newsletter items were popular:

Contract automation project

New general manager for New Zealand Government Procurement and Property

We’re on the move!

A message from Carolyn Tremain the Property Functional Lead

Collaboration driving the future vision for property