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The government plans to reform the Resource Management Act:
The Government is overhauling our resource management system, focusing on the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) – the primary legislation governing the use of our land, water and air resources.
The Government wants the RMA to support a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy. It also wants the RMA to be easier for New Zealanders to understand and engage with. The Government is approaching this in two stages.
It plans to start by amending the RMA.
The Government is proposing several specific changes to the RMA through an amendment bill. The aim of the bill is to make the RMA less complex, give people more certainty on RMA issues, and increase opportunities for public participation.
The bill will address issues with resource consenting, enforcement and Environment Court provisions within the RMA. It may also include some other policy proposals.
The bill is currently being drafted and we are working to introduce it to Parliament later this year. Public submissions will be called for when the bill is referred to a select committee. . .
Then there’s the second stage:
The Government is undertaking a comprehensive review of the resource management system. This review will examine the broader and deeper changes needed to support the transition to a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy.
The aim of the review is to improve environmental outcomes and enable better and timely urban development within environmental limits. . .
Few if any will argue with the aims to support a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy and to make the RMA easier to understand and engage with.
Media releases from right, left and centre support the proposal. Reform is welcome and needed but getting agreement on that is the easy part.
The difficulty will be getting those who support the need for reform to agree on the details of any changes that are proposed.
Federated Farmers says reform will be a huge challenge:
The organisation agrees with Environment Minister David Parker that because of frequent amendments, the RMA is now overly cumbersome, costly and complex.
“The review will be no easy task. It will need to consider wide and diverse opinions and concerns. There are few organisations which have been more intricately and routinely involved in resource management processes across the country since the Act first came into force than Federated Farmers, so we consider our active input on the review panel will be vital,” Federated Farmers resource management spokesperson Chris Allen says.
The Act is a source of much frustration for resource users across the country. It is now twice the size it was on enactment in 1991 and while it has created a booming market for planners, lawyers and other experts, this has been at the expense of resource users, ratepayers and the environment.
Federated Farmers would support amendments that made the Act, in the Minister’s words, “fit for purpose in the 21st century”, and approve of any attempt to remove unnecessary complexity, delays and costs.
“But we have a word of caution – it’s hard to make processes move faster, when regional and district councils are already under-resourced and facing increasing public pressure and inadequate central government support,” Chris says.
There is also insufficient weighting given to the economic impacts of regulation on farms, rural communities and the regions of New Zealand. Economic impacts should be considered in balance with environmental, social and cultural wellbeing, instead of just the quick skim currently given.
“The trend appears to be for central government to push national regulation onto local government, expecting them to both resource and fund processes. This isn’t a case of local government being given too much power, rather it’s a trend of central government putting out cookie-cutter national rules and regulations, and expecting local councils to ‘make them work’.
“We have real concerns over central government interfering with local processes, as many regional councils are well underway in developing plans to address water quality and quantity,” Chris says.
Some of these plans are already in place, and other regions are wrestling with tricky questions around how plans can be tailored so they are both efficient and effective. Anything that interferes with these processes, and the considerable economic and social investment already made by our communities, could be a step-backwards for water quality management in New Zealand.
There has been a massive investment in time and money into changing farm practices and infrastructure, and getting a better understanding of the implications of activities on land to the environment.
This groundswell of change has been happening across the country, from landowner level through to catchment groups and wider district efforts. These efforts do not result in improved outcomes overnight, but trends are indicating we are on the right track.
“Ultimately, we don’t want to see this timely opportunity to reform the RMA, being instead used simply to put up as many affordable houses as possible, with an overly urban focus, to the peril of fixing other key issues with the Act,” Chris says.
The previous government’s attempts at reforms were vehemently opposed by the parties in the current government and it won’t be easy to reconcile those parties’ differing views on what needs to be done and how to do it.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Parker said that no RMA reform legislation would be introduced until after the 2020 election because the working group would take nearly 10 months to make its recommendations.
Collins called this “cynical timing.” Given that the next government to consider legislation could well be a National one, she believes Labour should be consulting the Opposition. But Parker refused to consider including the Opposition in the reform process until legislation is introduced, insisting it was the “parliamentary process”.
Given this, the latest effort at fixing the RMA is unlikely to succeed, Collins believes. “You’ve got New Zealand First going around the provinces saying, ‘We’re going to sort out the RMA and stop all these impediments to development.’ You’ve got the Greens saying, ‘We’re gonna stop all these developments.’ It just must be a nightmare for Labour.”
Winston Peters didn’t disagree with her. When asked if he thought New Zealand First would be on the same page as Labour and the Greens about RMA reform, he answered simply, “No”.
“I cannot agree with their race-based approach,” he said of Green Party support for a Māori role in the resource management system. . .
That isn’t an encouraging start to the process.
Getting consent through the RMA is process is a long and frustrating process, reforming the act won’t be any easier.
You see a place better with your mind’s eye, anyway. Imagination gives you twenty-twenty vision. – Sally Beauman who was born on this day in 1944.
285 Diocletian appointed Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler.
306 Constantine I was proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops.
864 The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald ordered defensive measures against the Vikings.
1547 Henry II of France was crowned.
1567 Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.
1593 Henry IV of France publicly converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.
1603 James VI of Scotland was crowned bringing the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into personal union.
1722 The Three Years War began along the Maine and Massachusetts border.
1755 British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council ordered the deportation of the Acadians.
1758 Seven Years’ War: the island battery at Fortress Louisbourg in Nova Scotia was silenced and all French warships destroyed or taken.
1788 Wolfgang Mozart completed his Symphony number 40 in g minor (K550).
1795 The first stone of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was laid.
1797 Horatio Nelson lost more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife.
1799 David Douglas, Scottish botanist, was born (d. 1834).
1799 At Aboukir in Egypt, Napoleon I of France defeats 10,000 Ottomans under Mustafa Pasha.
1814 War of 1812: Battle of Lundy’s Lane.
1848 – Arthur Balfour, Scottish-English lieutenant and politician, 33rd Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1930)
1853 Joaquin Murietta, the Californio bandit known as “Robin Hood of El Dorado”, was killed.
1861 American Civil War: the Crittenden-Johnson Resolution was passed by the U.S. Congress stating that the war was being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery.
1866 The U.S. Congress passed legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army (commonly called “5-star general”). Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first to be promoted to this rank.
1869 The Japanese daimyō began returning their land holdings to the emperor as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms.
1869 – Platon, Estonian bishop and saint, was born (d. 1919).
1894 The First Sino-Japanese War began when the Japanese fired on a Chinese warship.
1896 – Josephine Tey, Scottish author and playwright, was born (d. 1952).
1898 The United States invasion of Puerto Rico began with U.S. troops led by General Nelson Miles landing at harbour of Guánica.
1907 Korea became a protectorate of Japan.
1908 Ajinomoto was founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovered that a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock was monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patented a process for manufacturing it.
1909 Louis Blériot made the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine, from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes.
1915 RFC Captain Lanoe Hawker became the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross, for defeating three German two-seat observation aircraft in one day, over the Western Front.
1920 – France captured Damascus.
1920 – Rosalind Franklin, English biophysicist, chemist, and academic, was born (d. 1958).
1925 Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS) was established.
1930 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer, was born (d. 1985).
1934 Nazis assassinated Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss in a failed coup attempt.
1940 General Guisan ordered the Swiss Army to resist German invasion and makes surrender illegal.
1942 Bruce Woodley, Australian musician (The Seekers), was born.
1942 – The Norwegian Manifesto called for nonviolent resistance to the Nazis
1943 Jim McCarty, English musician (The Yardbirds), was born.
1944 Operation Spring – one of the bloodiest days for the First Canadian Army during WWII: 1,500 casualties, including 500 killed.
1944 – Sally Beauman, English journalist and author, was born, (d. 2016).
1946 Operation Crossroads: an atomic bomb was detonated underwater in the lagoon of Bikini atoll.
1946 – Rita Marley, Cuban-Jamaican singer (Bob Marley and the Wailers and I Threes), was born.
1951 Verdine White, American musician (Earth, Wind & Fire), was born.
1953 Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank, was born.
1957 Republic of Tunisia proclaimed.
1958 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) held its first congress in Cotonou.
1959 SR-N1 hovercraft crossed the English Channel from Calais to Dover in just over 2 hours.
1965 Bob Dylan went electric as he plug in at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music.
1969 Vietnam War: US President Richard Nixon declared the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States expected its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense.
1973 Soviet Mars 5 space probe launched.
1978 The Cerro Maravilla incident – two young Puerto Rican pro-independence activists were killed in a police ambush.
1978 Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube baby” was born.
1981 The invasion of Hamilton’s Rugby Park by 350 anti-tour demonstrators forced the Springboks-Waikato match to be abandoned.
1983 Black July: 37 Tamil political prisoners at the Welikada high security prison in Colombo were massacred by the fellow Sinhalese prisoners.
1984 Salyut 7 Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to perform a space walk.
1993 Israel launched a massive attack against terrorist forces in Lebanon.
1993 The St James Church massacre in Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa.
1994 Israel and Jordan signed the Washington Declaration, which formally ends the state of war that had existed between the nations since 1948.
1995 A gas bottle exploded in Saint Michel station in Paris. Eight were killed and 80 wounded.
1996 In a military coup in Burundi, Pierre Buyoya deposed Sylvestre Ntibantunganya.
1997 K.R. Narayanan was sworn-in as India’s 10th president and the first Dalit— formerly called “untouchable”— to hold this office.
2000 Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashed just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground.
2007 Pratibha Patil was sworn in as India’s first woman president.
2010 – Wikileaks published classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history.
2012 – Pranab Mukherjee became the 13th president of India.
2018 – 2018 As-Suwayda attacks in Syria.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia