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

 


Cultural Impact Assessment process half baked

Media statement              Friday February 28, 2014

Cultural Impact Assessment process half baked, must be withdrawn

The whole proposed rules structure for the implementation of the Cultural Impact Assessments is half baked, the Employers and Manufacturers Association said in its submission on the Unitary Plan sent to the Auckland Council today.

"The whole discussion on CIAs has to be withdrawn and reworked from first principles," said Kim Campbell, EMA's chief executive.

"The proposed process is riddled with potential for perverse outcomes and unintended consequences.

"Its obvious that it lacks thought and was prepared in haste.

"For instance the scope laid out for the CIAs is so broad and ill-defined it could mean every resource consent requires one.

"Part 4 (l) of the discussion requires a CIA when there is 'construction of any significant infrastructure' without any reference to where such infrastructure is being constructed!

"The rules proposed would require a Local Board to consult with every Iwi in its area though a proposed development is only in the territory of a single Iwi and with no relevance to other Iwis in the local board area.

"The examples like this are myriad - the whole proposal has to be taken off line for discussion elsewhere.

"The Unitary Plan is simply the wrong vehicle for it as it is so obviously in its early formative stages.

"Indecent haste will serve the interests of no-one, least of all Tangata Whenua.

"EMA agrees in principle with the concept of Cultural Impact Assessments - since no one wants the accidental destroying of sites that may be of significance to the Tangata Whenua.

"However the set of proposed rules for them falls far short of the standards required for a first world city."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news