Radio NZ reports the government is considering permanent legislation to deal with natural disasters.
While the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act has been criticised for overriding existing laws, Civil Defence Minister John Carter says it’s already proving its worth.
And Mr Carter says the Government is considering whether new legislation is needed to deal with disasters, rather than having to rush through emergency laws, as has happened after the earthquake.
The Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act was passed without dissent but has attracted a lot of criticism since then because of its all encompassing nature and the power it gives to the Minister.
Legislation made with public input and careful consideration will almost always be better than that made on the hoof.