August 18, 2023
No opposition expected from Māori on new RMA
Environment Minister David Parker doesn’t foresee legal challenges from Iwi or hapū to the next generation of resource management law.
The Spatial Planning and Natural and Built Environment Bills passed its third reading in parliament on Wednesday, effectively replacing the 30-year-old Resource Management Act.
He believes it will be acceptable to iwi, who fought changes to the RMA proposed by the previous National-ACT Government.
“I’ve had no indication that they’re considering litigation. There are protections in the legislation requiring us or any future government to fully uphold all existing treaty settlements,” Mr Parker says.
The new Bill provides a mechanism so applicants and councils can ask Te Puni Kokiri which Māori groups that need to be notified about plans and development proposals.