Simpli update September 2019

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Housing New Zealand selects Simpli

Housing New Zealand (HNZ) is establishing a new building consent authority (BCA).  After a rigorous selection process, HNZ chose simpli along with GoGet to process building consents.  HNZ is currently implementing both the simpli portal and the simpli quality manual.

Simpli is making it easy for HNZ to set up the BCA.  The manual gives them a blueprint for all the processes required of a BCA and the portal will allow HNZ to process consents digitally and efficiently from day 1.

HNZ expect to process 3,000 – 4,000 consents p.a.

Our Simpli family is growing

More councils continue to join the simpli group.  In addition to HNZ, other new members include Waitaki, Waimate, Invercargill, Southland and Gore.  We now have over 25 BCAs covering Cape Reinga to Bluff.  We are creating consistency, nationwide.

Stratford is going digital

Stratford District Council is currently implementing the simpli portal and preparing to process consents digitally.  They plan to accept building consent applications online from November.

Portal development

We continue to improve the portal with new releases.  Upcoming developments in releases 20 and 21 include the ability to accept Certificate of Acceptance and minor variation applications and the ability to vet applications in the portal from GoGet.

We are also working with MBS to further develop the integration between GoGet and the simpli portal which, among other things, will create opportunities for resource sharing.


Wellington and Waitaki are the 5th and 6th simpli BCAs to successfully complete accreditation reassessment using the simpli quality manual.   Waitaki was particularly pleased with their result of only 8 GNCs having only recently implemented the simpli portal, GoGet and the simpli manual.  

Recommendations from all IANZ assessments at simpli councils are considered by the Change Management Group and changes made to the quality manual where applicable.  This is continuous improvement in action – all improvements are implemented centrally.  This improves processes for everyone, creates consistency and reduces the administrative burden at each council.