Why it matters
Using the Resource Management Act, Forest & Bird has saved many precious environments, and created powerful precedents for environmental protection. But doing so has been far harder and more expensive than it should have been, and there are many places we have not been able to save from developers, miners, land holders, and the government itself.
Under the RMA, councils, government and the courts were persuaded by private investors that the environment could always sacrifice a bit more. This has lead Aotearoa New Zealand into an environmental crisis. Bit by bit, New Zealand has been robbed of clean rivers, safe beaches, and incredible local species which should be our neighbours.
New Zealand is embarking on a process that could change all that. A proposed new law - The Natural and Built Environment Act could achieve what the RMA began 30 years ago, and bring nature back to a world where we all live well.
We must learn from the RMA, and put nature first in the new Act. The purpose of the Natural and Built Environment Act must be to protect our fundamental need for a healthy environment. Our communities will only when thrive nature thrives.
What can you do
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