Friday, 12 March 2021

So the RMA is being reviewed again ...

Here's what I wrote about the Resource Management Act (RMA) in the Herald way back in 2004
"The solution is simple. Don't tinker with the procedures for acquiring a resource consent. Don't tinker with the Environment Court. Don't recraft the RMA. Don't streamline it; don't fix it or reform it. Instead, drive a stake through its heart. The RMA review team must reinstate the common law protection of property and environment - and then get out of our way." [Here's the larger piece from which that smaller one came.]
Sadly, nothing has changed since then -- and nor will it this time, except perhaps for a change of form (three Acts instead of one), and a change of name. But the principles that always made it suck will still stay the same ...

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