July 29, 2020
RMA review highlights Māori role
A review of the Resource Management Act has called for any future resource management system to give effect to the principles of Te Tiriti of Waitangi and provide a clearer role for Māori in decision-making.
Past efforts to reform the RMA have stumbled on efforts to guarantee Māori input.
The new review commissioned by Environment Minister David Parker was led by retired Court of Appeal judge Tony Randerson QC.
It recommended replacing the RMA with two separate pieces of legislation; a Natural and Built Environments Act and a Strategic Planning Act.
A separate law would also be needed to address issues related to climate change adaptation and the managed retreat from areas threatened with inundation.
There should be greater use of national direction by the Environment Minister and a more streamlined process for council plan-making and a more efficient resource consent process.
Mr Parker says he expects political parties will develop their policies for the upcoming general election campaign in light of the report’s findings.
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