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

 

Civil Fees Review - under the radar

Civil Fees Review - under the radar

At the 11th hour the Thorndon Society became aware of the Civil Fees Review, a review of fees for courts and tribunal services in the civil jurisdiction.

The Society is most concerned about the proposed new fee structure for Environment Court appeals. It is proposed that the initator of an appeal will now have to pay for mediations and hearings. It is claimed that the new fees are modest but it is stated that the fee settings will set a path for future fee adjustments.

The Thorndon Society managed to get a quick submission lodged before the deadline on 2 November but what has surprised us is the general lack of knowledge about the review. It has gone in under the radar. We are particularly concerned that it has serious implications for individuals and community groups who may wish to appeal decisions on District Plan reviews, plan changes and resource consents.

On the RMA/planning side it looks like another measure of the current Government to fetter any opposition to proposed development.

It is a matter that should be aired.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East?

Trump did so only hours after a moderate was re-elected in a landslide in Iran’s elections, a victory that opened up a potential for dialogue that the US has chosen to spurn instead, utterly. More>>

 

Pre-Budget Offers: Green Party’s New Plan Puts Kiwi Families First

The Green Party has a plan to help all Kiwi kids have a great start to life, by giving parents more financial support and more flexibility at work. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English’s Bizarre New/Old Trade Deal

So, according to the Prime Minister, we all have an obligation to get in behind his zombie TPP deal, because of all the “jobs and income” it will bring in its wake… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Housing, Exploding Lap-Tops And Jon Taplin

Evidently, only 13,500 of this new build will be state houses/social housing and much of that will be catch-up, since the government will reportedly be demolishing 8,300 state homes over the same period. The other 20,600? About 80% will be sold privately, at the going market rate. More>>

Peter Dunne: Where To Now For Drug Policy?

Recently, the Police, with significant sponsorship from the Ministry of Health, hosted a major Australasian conference on alcohol and drug policy... In my own remarks to the conference I spoke about New Zealand’s National Drug Policy, and where it might head in the future. More>>

ALSO:

Tobacco Sticks: Charges Laid Against Philip Morris

The Ministry of Health has laid charges against tobacco company Philip Morris (New Zealand) Limited relating to the importation and selling of its tobacco sticks known as HEETS. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election