New Zealand welcomes the release of the exposure draft of the Natural and
Built Environments Bill.
New Zealand has been a key proponent of reforming the resource management
system. Getting to this point has been years in the making. This exposure draft
marks a significant milestone in moving beyond the Resource Management Act 1991
to a system that is resilient, efficient, effective, future-ready and better
able to provide for New Zealanders’ wellbeing, now and in future.
Infrastructure New Zealand's Chief Advisor Claire Edmondson states she is encouraged by the Bill’s overall direction and calls it
a radical shift that will see process-heavy matters shifted to a national
serve as a key catalyst in achieving a resource management system that is
nimble and responsive.
national planning framework will effectively be a set of regulations that
Cabinet can update or review without having to go through the Parliamentary
process as is the case when passing a bill or amending an act.”
criticism, amongst many others, has been that the RMA failed miserably in
adequately accounting for cumulative effects. We are encouraged to see that the
exposure draft shifts away from just managing effects of activities to setting
Bill also explicitly mentions housing supply, well-functioning urban areas and
responding to growth.”
Edmondson says the Bill could be strengthened on infrastructure matters as it
still does not go far enough in considering infrastructure an integral part of
the resource management system.
clarifies that while the Bill is welcomed, what will ultimately matter is how
clear national direction is, how well the new law will be applied and how the
courts will interpret it.
states, “The mismatch between intention, interpretation and application has
been a key failure of the RMA and we cannot afford to let that happen again.”
Edmondson says while it is common knowledge Infrastructure New Zealand has been
a visibly strong advocate for the reforms, they are grateful for the support
from Employers and Manufacturers Association, Business New Zealand,
Property Council New Zealand and the Environmental Defence Society over
the last few years in making a convincing case for change.
For further information
and media queries, please contact Claire Edmondson, Chief Advisor, on 021 272 7879 or