Doing Nothing on Resource Management Reform Is Not An Option
Doing Nothing on Resource Management Reform Is Not
Press Release by ACT Leader John Bank
Wednesday, September 11 2013
ACT Leader John Banks today expressed disappointment at the Maori Party and United Future’s decision not to support National’s proposed reforms to the Resource Management Act (RMA).
“I am disappointed but there is still hope. New Zealand has a once-in-twenty year opportunity to fix the RMA and we have to take it now - doing nothing is not an option,” Mr Banks said.
“The business community and farmers who have been held back by the costly and unwieldy red tape imposed by this flawed legislation are looking to Parliament for leadership.
“Home owners who want to improve their properties and would-be home buyers who are most hurt by the housing affordability crisis want Parliament to get on and fix the RMA.
“Most property owners and businesses know the RMA is stopping investment, growth and jobs.
“It does this through poor drafting and bad case law. That’s why giving local government and the Courts clear law was so important.
“In the face of poor drafting both the Māori Party and Mr Dunne should offer real proposals for reform of the RMA that address the concerns of homeowners, builders, farmers and business.
“As I said doing nothing is not an option,” Mr Banks said