Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Call To Reduce Environment Court Workload

Call For Government To Reduce Environment Court Workload


Media Release

Wednesday 3 Dec 2003

From: David Parkinson, Property Investor/Developer

Call for Government to reduce Environment Court workload

Christchurch property investor/developer David Parkinson, is calling on the Minister for the Environment Marion Hobbs, to consider opportunities for improving processes and practice under the RMA, with a specific focus on reducing the workload in the Environment Court.

He is asking the Minister to consider the need for possible additional resourcing of the Environment Court, hopeful this may improve the timeliness of decision making that he says can take up to 7 months.

He said, "The Resource Management Act (RMA) processing costs & delays are often the trigger for discontent with RMA Business Compliance costs. Just as Councils should be made accountable for failure to meet statutory timeframes, he is asking the Minister to consider the reasonableness of significant costs incurred by applicants resulting from lengthy delays with notification of Environment Court decisions."

Between 27 August and 6 September 2002, the Ministry for the Environment held five meetings around the country talking with central government agencies, local government (mainly regional councils) and a wide range of sectors and organisations in: Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch. Of the 700 people and organisations invited, about 350 people participated.

The objective of the meetings was a review of Ministry priorities and functions as they sought input into finding ways to be more effective while being spread less thinly. http://www.mfe.govt.nz/about/review/

David Parkinson said, "Interestingly, some people that attended last year's meetings, expressed concerns associated with the timeliness of decision making from local government. Whilst this may be the case some of the time, he is asking the Minister to focus her attention on the decision making process that rests with Environment Court."

Ends.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election