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

 


Resource management reforms raise concerns


6 December 2012


Resource management reforms raise concerns

The first round of the Government’s reform of the Resource Management Act contains proposals that have the potential to undermine key principles of public participation, local decision making and a focus on environmental protection, Labour’s Environment spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

“This Bill is only stage one of the proposed reforms, yet it raises questions about the commitment of the Government to upholding the core principles of the RMA.

“There are a number of largely uncontroversial technical amendments, but there are others that are concerning.

“One is the plan to introduce a six month consent time for medium sized projects, where the devil is in the detail. While improving the process for consents would be welcome it must not be done in a way that undermines public participation or sees short-cutting on the analysis required to understand the full impact of the consent.

“The proposal to restrict local councils’ ability to protect trees is an attack on local decision-making. The Bill will force Councils to identify individual trees or groves in plans, rather than giving powers for wider protection measures. The result of that will be a bureaucratic nightmare that could lead to inadequate policies to protect and promote urban tree life.

“Local decision-making is further put at risk by the proposal for direct referral of a consent if it is above a level of investment that is to be prescribed by regulation. This takes power from local communities and puts it directly in the hands of Ministers

“Also worrying is the emphasis on economic development above environmental protection, in particular in the cost-benefit analysis of proposed plans. The Government has already signalled that future changes to the RMA will give greater prominence to economic development considerations.

“The heart of the RMA is the emphasis on sustainable development. Singling out economic development will destroy the balance inherent in the Act.

“Labour wants to see the RMA work as effectively and efficiently as possible, but we will not support measures that take away the legitimate right of local communities to have a say in development or which tip the scales in legislation away from sustainable development,” Grant Robertson said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

CPAG: Government Spends Over $100K Pursuing Beneficiary

For the past fifteen years, Kathryn, now in her fifties and living alone with chronic ill health on a benefit, has been challenging the decision by the MSD that she has to pay back $117,000. She has no assets or savings and cannot afford to pay for fresh food or therapy that would improve her health. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: National’s Cuts Shave $100K Off KiwiSaver By Retirement

New analysis shows National’s constant cuts to KiwiSaver will reduce the average worker’s retirement savings by $100,000 over their working life, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says... Since coming to office it has made five separate cuts to the scheme." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Transport Operators Switch From SuperGold To AT HOP Cards

Seniors using Auckland’s public transport will need to use their AT HOP cards from today but Auckland Transport has requested its operators to show understanding for those customers yet to complete the switch from SuperGold cards. More>>

ALSO:

Crime Stats: Burglary Up 11.9%

“While burglary rates are still below that of recent years, there has been an increase of more than 10 per cent over the past 12 months, which is of concern to Police and something we are determined to tackle,” says Police Commissioner Mike Bush. More>>

ALSO:

Help: Lifeline Aotearoa Fighting For Survival

Lifeline Aotearoa has announced it only has enough money to run for one more year. By 30 June 2017, all available sustainability reserves and funds from a new mortgage on its Auckland property will be exhausted. More>>

ALSO:

Overseas Investment: Auditor-General To Examine OIO

The Auditor-General is to examine how the Overseas Investment Office collects and manages information following a request from the parliament's finance and expenditure committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English Living In Denial

The working poor have been a direct byproduct of the economic policies in vogue for the past 30 years or more, all over the Western world... That anger was evident in the Brexit vote, and it underlies the support for Donald Trump in the United States. More>>

ALSO:

Final Reading Of Parental Leave Bill: Families With New Babies Victims Of Veto

“For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because the National Government has used its veto – an extreme measure against families,” says the Bill’s sponsor, Labour MP Sue Moroney. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news