Resource Management Act changes welcomed

Published: Sun 11 Aug 2013 10:55 AM
Resource Management Act changes welcomed
Media release August 11, 2013
The proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA), announced on Saturday by the Environment Minister Amy Adams, have been welcomed by the 14-member Port CEO Group in a statement today.
“The CEO Group supports in particular the proposed changes to sections 6 and 7, because they give due weight to the value to society of infrastructure.  We had hoped that the Minister could have adopted other necessary reforms, but recognise a good start has been made on making the RMA more consistent with a prosperous and growing economy.”
“The current section 6 of the RMA lists “Matters of national importance” but is totally silent on infrastructure.   This in part explains why port companies have had to spend millions of dollars, and hundreds of hours of executive time, just to get a RMA permit to create a channel or wharf that can handle the larger vessels required by the export sector to remain competitive.   The changes proposed by the Minister will go some way to remedy this deficiency.”

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