The Resource Management Act (RMA) is the main way that ordinary New Zealanders can have a say in how our resources and environment are managed.
It is among the most important tools that Forest & Bird uses, but it's about us all.
One of the core ideas behind the Act is that the best outcomes are achieved when the public and community groups, such as Forest & Bird, are able to be involved in planning and resource consent decision-making.
In practice, very few cases or matters are disputed, or receive submissions. Fewer than 1% of cases are appealed. Around 4% of cases are publicly notified, for submissions. 95% of cases proceed on time.
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The government is proposing some changes which will make planning simpler and more consistent across the country. We support many of these.
However, to address “uncertainty, cost and delay”, the government has also announced that it will rewrite the most important parts of the Resource Management Act - in ways that will significantly and seriously reduce environmental protection, and people’s ability to participate.
Our main concerns with what is proposed
1. Environmental protection
2. People’s participation
3. Uncertainty and cost
Read more, in Forest & Bird’s 2-page summary of the main concerns
- Read more here from Sally Gepp's presentation (from Forest & Bird's legal team) on the proposed changes to the RMA.
- Read “grave concerns” from a qualified town planner of over 10 years experience, including significant experience in Australia, England and Wales.
Cartoons help spread the word to Save the RMA
A new “Save the RMA” Facebook page has already attracted over 500 supporters. The cartoons do a great job of communicating the serious concerns we have about what’s being proposed.