A group of like-minded organisations, called
Resource Reform NZ, is calling for a far-reaching review of the current
resource management system.
The announcement made today by The National
Party, to establish a review of the current urban planning system, recognises
the current problem but does not go far enough.
The group is adamant that reform of the
resource management system needs to go much further. It recommends this is best
addressed through cross-party consensus on the issue by a politically independent
process, such as a Commission or similar.
Resource Reform NZ, is an alliance of EMA,
Environmental Defence Society, Infrastructure New Zealand and Property Council
New Zealand. The group is seeking prosperity for all New Zealanders through the
development of an integrated governance, planning, funding and delivery system
to guide resource management and national economic development.
"We know New Zealand’s prosperity is being
held back by the current framework the wider planning system operates within.
It is no longer fit for purpose, and is why we find ways to work around the
current system when we want to deliver the infrastructure that the country so
desperately needs," says Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive, Infrastructure
"The current uncoordinated planning system
is driving increasing housing unaffordability, the high cost of commercial
development and reliance on outdated funding mechanisms such as rates and
council debt. That means we’re simply not building enough, quickly enough with the
quality and innovation needed to develop the cities and standard of living we
all expect in the future," says Connal Townsend, Chief Executive, Property
Council New Zealand.
"The environment is suffering too. The
Resource Management Act is our pre-eminent environmental law. Yet the
cumulative effects of permitted land use activities over the lifetime of the
Act have led to a slow but significant deterioration of the quality of our
streams, rivers and lakes," says Gary Taylor, Executive Director, Environmental
"For business these issues are also
stifling the ability to grow and expand. Which in turn, also impacts employees
and the families. Looking into the future, we face even bigger challenges in
how we manage and respond to demographic changes, advances in technology,
rising consumer expectations and climate change," says Kim Campbell, CEO,
For further information and comment contact
Stephen Selwood on 021 791 209