Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Future Use Of Resources Considered

10 March 2008

Future Use Of Resources Considered

The draft Regional Policy Statement released today is another step towards ensuring the region's resources are managed in a way that will enable future generations to meet their needs, Greater Wellington chair Fran Wilde says.

The council is required by the Resource Management Act to develop the Regional Policy Statement, which directs how Greater Wellington and the region's city and district councils will sustainably manage natural and physical resources.

"Sustainable management is neither anti-development nor anti-environment," Fran Wilde said. "It is about striking a balance where environmental, social and economic objectives can be achieved but not at the expense of one another.

"It is about respecting the environment and recognising our dependence on it, protecting the 'mauri' - life force of the ecosystem for the common good.

"We need to use our resources more sensibly, especially those which are in limited supply or highly valued."

Fran Wilde said the Regional Policy Statement would ultimately have a direct bearing on what individuals and businesses could do on their properties and what local councils did to enhance the environment.

"Because of this effect on the lives of all the citizens in our region, we tried to ensure that our approach took a holistic view of all the different areas of environmental impact."

"We have also consulted openly and extensively with councils, iwi authorities and community groups in the Wellington region and we are grateful for their input."

The document is now open for public consultation until 16 May.

"Now is the opportunity for councils, iwi and all the people of the region to see the draft document and give us further comments."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election