“The Government’s confirmation that Resource
Management Act (RMA) consenting processes will
be streamlined is great news for the recovery but must
be just the start of the reform process,” says
Infrastructure NZ CEO Paul Blair.
RMA has become a litigious, cumbersome, and complex piece of legislation. It was never intended to
be applied the way it has been, and it was not designed to facilitate recovery from something like the COVID-19 lockdown.
"New Zealand has several
successful RMA fast-track precedents, notably after the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes.
two-year sunset clause on the fast-track measures should
align well with the
resource management reforms being considered by the Randerson Review.
is now imperative that the Government also
aligns both immediate and longer-term RMA reforms with wider planning and consenting statutes.
projects receive RMA approval only to be held up by business case or Local
Government Act process requirements, then we won’t get the progress we need.
processes are required, so that projects can move through RMA fast-tracking at
the same time as design, effects modelling, procurement and funding details are
per cent of construction
projects in New Zealand come from the private sector and local
government. Now is the time to experiment with risk and reward conditions to
fast track projects
of all sizes, not just the big ones we can all name from memory.
“Infrastructure New Zealand’s Building Regions proposal provides a pathway to implementing this reform.
have the opportunity to not just get our
country moving in the short term, but also to set it up for the success in the
Infrastructure New Zealand has also released a joint press release (click
here to read) with Resource Reform NZ, a partnership between Infrastructure New Zealand, the Environmental Defence
Society (EDS), the
Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA), Property
Council New Zealand, and BusinessNZ.
For further information and
comment contact Paul Blair on 021 902 436