Reform of resource system required
EMA, Infrastructure New Zealand, Property Council New Zealand and the Environmental Defence Society’s call for a
cohesive strategy to drive reform of the country’s resource management and planning systems seems to have gained
The coalition of these organisations says their jointly funded research and first-hand experience of the current system
clearly demonstrates it is failing its environmental goals and New Zealand’s prosperity is being held back. Change is
Views expressed at EDS’s Tipping Points conference reflects this. Today, the Green Party called for a formal review of
New Zealand’s environmental management and planning laws, if it was in Government.
"The evidence of our failure is clear. Escalating housing unaffordability, groaning infrastructure and a slow but
significant deterioration in the quality of monitored streams, rivers and lakes are just some examples," says Gary
Taylor, CEO, Environmental Defence Society.
Collectively the coalition is calling on the Government, whatever its make-up post-23 September, to be bold, visionary
and initiate a broad review covering of the system as a whole.
"A Royal Commission is one way to do that. As a coalition, we are open to other ways to provide a broad and independent
review that can cut through political sensitivities, accommodate the diverse perspectives of multiple stakeholders and
provide binding outcomes," says Kim Campbell, CEO, EMA
""The problems are wider than the RMA, reaching into New Zealand’s system of local government, the role, form and
resourcing of councils and how infrastructure is planned and funded," says Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive of
Infrastructure New Zealand
Having consulted extensively, the coalition recognises that whilst many New Zealanders agree there is a need for change,
they differ on how to achieve it.
"What is needed, in our view, is a first principles review of our central and local government planning, funding and
environmental resource management system. This review must also bring together and draw upon the experience and insight
of business, environmental, community and political voices," says Connal Townsend, Chief Executive Property Council New