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The NES for Plantation Forestry

Overview and Implications The long awaited National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (the NES) were notified in the New Zealand Gazette on 3 August 2017. The NES has been heralded as a new nationwide set of environmental rules for managing New Zealand’s 1.7 million hectares...

RMA Reform - Was it worth the wait?

A review of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act  After a drawn-out process, the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA) finally received royal assent on 18 April 2017. The purpose of the RLAA is to provide practical improvements to the New Zealand resource management scheme...

Solving the Housing Crisis - It's as easy as UDA

A Review of the Urban Development Authorities Proposal  Every week there is a headline highlighting the fact that New Zealand is in a housing crisis.  Prices are too high, there aren’t enough houses and salaries do not match the money required for a deposit to purchase a first...

RMA reform passes final hurdle

After a lengthy process spanning several years, the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has passed its final hurdle and will become law as soon as the Bill receives Royal Asset. The Bill introduces a number of changes to the Resource Management Act in the following key areas: Alternative...

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill

A Review of the Select Committee Report A further step in the drawn out Resource Legislation Amendment Bill process was recently completed. The Local Government and Environment Select Committee announced its recommended changes to the Bill. To re-cap, the Bill had been open for public submission...

Non-notified consents

Risks and strategies for applicants Obtaining a resource consent is often criticised as a lengthy and expensive exercise. An important step in the process that can have a major impact on time and cost is the Council’s decision on whether or not the application should be notified. A...

Adderley Head Bulletin - Spring 2016

Adderley Head has prepared a spring Bulletin for your information.  This Bulletin includes comment on Regenerate Christchurch, the Land & Water Regional Plan, and recent seminars presented by our team.  To view a copy of our Bulletin, please click here 

Is the RMA broken?

Minister Smith considers that the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is not working and has some fundamental flaws that require substantial overhaul. He contends the RMA is outdated and ill matched with the reality of the issues that it manages. So he has presented the Resource Legislation...

Afforestation Grant Scheme

In late April the second round of the Afforestation Grant Scheme (“AGS”) opened for applications. The purpose of the AGS is to promote the planting of new forests. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) consider that afforestation will improve land-use productivity and deliver a...

Environmental Prosecutions and Restorative Justice

Most people will be familiar with restorative justice in the context of the criminal justice system, where it has been a feature for several years. Its application in environmental prosecutions under the Resource Management Act is less well known and understood, and we would argue that it is...