Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


'Tune-Up', RMA Still Needs Work

16 September 2004

'Tune-Up', RMA Still Needs Work

The Resource Management Act (RMA) is still seriously flawed after the government's once-over-lightly 'tune-up', said John Aspinall, a National Board member of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc).

The package of measures announced yesterday to allegedly improve the working of the RMA has done nothing to fix fundamental flaws in the act.

"Farmers were looking for a comprehensive review of the RMA, and we are disappointed to find that councils and government agencies will continue to be able to force landowners to carry huge costs for the wider public benefit.

"After six years of reviews, successive governments still refuse to look at the fundamental problem: requiring landowners to meet the costs of protecting landscape, and conserving areas of native vegetation and heritage sites for the public benefit, without financial support or compensation," Mr Aspinall said.

"The RMA should be about sustainability. Farm business cannot continue to be sustainable if required to meet dreams and schemes promoted in the 'national interest' without compensation."

When the government announced the review in May, it said it would "tune up" the RMA.

"But it needed more than a tune-up. As I said when the review was announced in May, the RMA is the legislative equivalent of an East German Trabant. Give it a tune-up, and you still have a Trabant.

"However, there are improvements such as government plans to clarify the role of iwi in the RMA process. I also welcome the introduction of training and accreditation for RMA decision-makers, which could lift the quality of some of those who struggle to understand the intricacies of planning law," Mr Aspinall said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election