Parliament

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

 

John Key: RMA changes to support growth, create jobs

RMA changes to support growth, create jobs

Prime Minister and National Party Leader John Key today announced the National Party's resource management policy, which includes a new six-month time limit on processing consents for medium-sized projects.

"Sensible management of our resources is critical to protecting our environment and building a stronger economy with more real jobs," says Mr Key.

"We know that delays in processing resource consents are a huge frustration for businesses trying to expand, invest and create jobs.

"That's why National is continuing its hard work to streamline and simplify the Resource Management Act."

Mr Key announced National would establish a six-month time limit for decisions on regional projects such as new subdivisions, retail developments, infrastructure, and industrial developments.

"This is good news for businesses and for our economy because it means notified consents for medium-sized developments are processed quickly.

"It comes on top of National's first phase of reforms, which reduced costs, uncertainties and delays for those building large national infrastructure and small non-notified consents."

National's next phase of reforms would also address the problems identified in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes.

"Councils should have to consider natural hazard risks such as liquefaction prior to approving new subdivisions," says Mr Key.

National would also introduce changes to streamline the multiple planning processes of the Resource Management Act, Land Transport Management Act, and Local Government Act.

"We want to build on the work from the Technical Advisory Groups on urban design, so we do the planning only once and then get on with the work.

"Since we came into office, National has been working hard to balance our environmental responsibilities with our economic opportunities. If re-elected, we will continue our hard work to reduce red tape, speed up consent processing and improve compliance."

View National's resource management policy here:

http://national.org.nz/PDF_General/Resource_Management_Policy.pdf

Authorised by G. Hamilton, Level 2, 262 Thorndon Quay, Wellington

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Campbell on: the local body election result in Wellington

For obvious reasons, politics is more of a big deal in the capital city than anywhere else in the country. Even so, fewer than four in ten eligible voters bothered to vote in Saturday’s local body elections in Wellington (turnout 39.66%).

Even less was felt to be at stake this time around than in 2016, when 45% of the electorate voted Justin Lester into the mayoralty.

To put it mildly, the Lester-led Council failed to live up to expectations. Lester will be remembered mainly for the fact that somehow, he managed to lose this election. . More>>

 
 

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>

ALSO:

Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>

ALSO:

‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels