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

 


Property Owner Left Out Of Pocket By RMA


Property Owner Left Out Of Pocket By RMA

Press Release by ACT Leader John Banks
Tuesday, February 26 2013

Wellington property owner Mark Dunajtschik’s fury at being denied permission to demolish a heritage building that is uneconomic to earthquake strengthen highlights the costly and unfair burden posed by the RMA, ACT Leader John Banks said today.

“The Resource Management Act denies landowners the right to compensation which allows councils to get away with this behaviour,” Mr Banks said.

“The owner is forced to pay for something he does not want, while the council doesn’t have to pay a cent.

“I support protecting heritage buildings but Councils should do that by working with property owners and coming to a voluntary arrangement, not by putting them in an impossible position.

“If government – local or central - wants to dictate what a building can be used for, it should either buy the building under the Public Works Act or compensate the owner for losses they suffer as a result of not being able to upgrade their property.

“The RMA needs to be amended to better reflect the property rights that all New Zealanders are entitled to, and once had.

“ACT’s Freedom to Build policy would restore the recognition of property rights in the RMA and restore a right to seek compensation for the effect of land use controls like those suffered by Mr Dunajtschik,” Mr Banks said.

--

ACT's Freedom To Build policy can be found here

Fury over quake-risk demolition refusal can be found here

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news