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


Green Party seeks support for practical changes to RMA Bill

27 August 2013

Green Party seeks support for practical changes to RMA Bill and Auckland Plan legislation

The Green Party have put forward several reasonable and practical amendments to the Resource Management Reform Bill and the Government can show a commitment to local democracy and pleasant urban areas by supporting them in Parliament today.

“The first change would mean that the Auckland Council would appoint the Hearings Panel jointly with Ministers, and not just the Ministers for Environment and Conservation,” Green Party local government spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today.

“The Auckland Plan belongs to the city, not to the Ministers in the Beehive, so Auckland’s representatives should be involved in appointing the Hearings Panel on plan submissions.

“A joint appointment process better represents a partnership between central and local government rather than the Bill’s current command and control approach of central government.

“The second is a practical change to reduce the costs to councils and make it easier to protect our precious urban trees by allowing them to be identified through the use of aerial photographs.

“The Bill currently requires councils to identify urban trees by individual legal descriptions if they are to be protected. My amendment would also allow councils to use aerial photographs as a cheaper, more practical method of identifying the trees that rules apply to.

“New Zealanders love urban trees that give character help create a more pleasant urban environment and want to be able to protect them. We can make that easier with my simple amendment.

“These supplementary order papers are reasonable changes.

“I hope that the Government can show a commitment to better law making by supporting these practical amendments.”

To download copies of Eugenie Sage’s supplementary order papers:

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits

In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders

Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>



Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels