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

 

New RMA Won't Work say Landowners

Released 12 August 2004

NEW R.M.A. WON'T WORK, BECAUSE BURDEN STILL RESTS ON NEIGHBOURS, SAYS LAND-OWNERS GROUP

A landowners' group says the proposed changes to the RMA will do nothing to loosen up the Resource Management log-jams in the Environment Court.

"Attacked Landowners" says the central problem slowing down cases is government or developers dumping the whole burden of a project on to a few local people, and expecting them to suffer in silence and without any compensation.

"To increase financial threats of court costs will not work. A family that has saved up to buy a nice place to live, paying extra for a pleasant place with nice neighbours, can suddenly find their community is split apart and their investment has dropped in value," said the group's spokesperson Lyn Milnes.

"Families are protecting their life savings, so they just have to fight." "Until you fix the central injustice, you won't fix the delays affecting the Resource Management Act," she said.

The "Attacked Landowners" group agrees some projects are nationally necessary, but wants the RMA re-written to include compensation for local families who carry the burden.

The group says there are two simple ways to fix the delays in the courts: either developers should compensate neighbours for loss of life-savings in their properties and social amenities, or they should be forced to buy them out and put a neutral buffer zone round their big project. The group has written to MP David Benson Pope to request this change in emphasis in the coming revision of the Resource Management Act.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

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