Councils now have three different pathways they can take when developing plans and plan changes (fast track, the standard First Schedule process, and collaborative). It will be interesting to see how many councils choose the new collaborative approach.
The 'OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: New Zealand 2017' recognises the value of collaborative processes for securing support for reforms, raising awareness about water risks and costs, and increasing users' willingness to pay and to handle conflicts. However, the report (from pages 191-192) also states:
“… there are concerns that the New Zealand collaborative governance approach in some cases may minimise, or at least delay, change for the following reasons: