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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."

ENDS

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