On 5 July, the Government released an independent report which considered changes to sections 6 and 7 of the Resource Management Act to address, among other things, management of natural hazards. It proposes an extensive rewrite of these provisions, which provide the sustainable management principles that underpin all resource management decisions.
While including explicit reference to natural hazards was a logical change, there are several more contentious amendments, including removing reference to the “protection” or “preservation “ of outstanding landscapes and indigenous biodiversity. These changes have caused some to criticise the report as strongly weighted towards facilitating development at the expense of the environment and a ploy to dilute the RMA. However, it has been supported by others as heading in an encouraging direction.
The Government has said that it will consider the report as part of its wider resource management reform programme. To read the full report, please click here.
Posted on Friday 6th July, 2012 at 09:42 am