Joint Statement On RMA Reforms
JOINT STATEMENT ON PROPOSED REFORMS TO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
28 February 2013
Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New
Major environmental and recreation
organisations are deeply concerned about key features of the
proposed reforms to the Resource Management Act announced
Speaking together with Fish & Game and Forest &
Bird, Ecologic’s Guy Salmon said that the proposals
downgraded environmental values, but the Government did not
have a mandate for this. The proposals would undermine some
of the Act’s most basic provisions, and change its core
In addition, the proposals impose disturbing,
hands-on Ministerial controls on a system whose key value to
New Zealanders has always been the way it provides
independent scrutiny of environmental impacts.
present, independent panels of local commissioners,
supported by the oversight of Environment Courts, are able
to hear and evaluate evidence, and develop plans that
reflect their communities’ values.
proposals, the independence of the system will largely be
lost, and Ministers will be able to impose in specific areas
the outcomes that are judged in Wellington to be the right
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