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

 


Ministerial veto destroys RMA credibility

Hon Nick Smith National Environment Spokesman

7 March 2006

Ministerial veto destroys RMA credibility

National's Environment spokesman, Nick Smith, says Chris Carter has made an absolute mockery of the resource consent process by canning the Whangamata Marina project after it was given the green light last October.

"In making this decision the Minister has over-ruled the Coromandel/Thames District Council, the Waikato Regional Council, the Department of Conservation and the Environment Court.

"It is constitutionally outrageous and has never happened in the 15 years of the RMA.

"Chris Carter says he cannot agree with the Environment Court on this matter, but he has not had access to the volume of material the court has. He cannot be judge, jury and executioner.

"It is an outrageous abuse of power and process for the Minister to shut the project down at the last hurdle - after this community group has spent more than 10 years and more than $1 million on it.

"Chris Carter's actions today highlight the desperate need for substantive reform of the Resource Management Act.

"National has long argued that the Minister of Conservation should not be able to overturn decisions of the Environment Court. We will introduce amendments to the Resource Management Act to ensure this sort of injustice is not repeated.

"This decision is very damaging and makes a joke of Labour's claims that it wants to improve certainty in the RMA process.

"The message it sends to community groups and investors wanting to improve facilities around New Zealand's coast is - don't bother, the bureaucracy will beat you," says Dr Smith.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news