Environment Minister Hon David Parker today announced the Government’s comprehensive review of the resource management
The review is focused on the Resource Management Act but will also include interactions of that Act across the broader
resource management system. The Minister will establish an expert advisory group to undertake the review with a
reporting date at the end of May 2020.
“This initiative is something we have been seeking for some years,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.
“EDS has been undertaking its own review of the resource management system since mid-2017 with funding support from the
New Zealand Law Foundation, the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation and others.
“We have also formed Resource Reform New Zealand to promote the reform process across a wide range of stakeholders with
partners from Property Council New Zealand, Infrastructure New Zealand, the Employers and Manufacturers Association
(Northern) and Business New Zealand.
“The proposals released by the Minister today align with our own work which has been in 2 phases.
“Phase 1 undertook a first principles review of the resource management system and developed 3 potential models for
reform. They ranged from an improved RMA, separating planning and environmental legislation, and creating an overarching
act that would specify environmental bottom lines. Spatial planning to enable positive longer-term thinking forms an
important part of all 3 options.
“In Phase 2, currently underway, we are developing up the detail of a preferred option with our final report scheduled
to be released in December 2019. This work will help inform the Government’s process in a very timely way, given its
review will be part-way through by year end.
“We are looking forward to participating in the Government’s review to ensure that any future system will achieve
improved environmental and urban outcomes. This is an opportunity to create a world-class resource management system for
our country,” concluded Mr Taylor.
Environmental Defence Society
EDS is a not-for-profit environmental organisation committed to improving environmental outcomes within New Zealand.
The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is a professionally run, independent environmental group that was established in
1971. It brings together the disciplines of science, planning, landscape and the law.
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It operates as a think-tank, providing thought leadership on key environmental issues as well as representing the
environment before councils and the courts.
EDS is located at the collaborative and business aware end of the environmental movement, seeking constructive
engagement with all sectors, to achieve good environmental and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders. It has
It also plays an education role, helping business, councils, community groups and iwi to better understand best
practice resource management. EDS runs national and regional conferences and seminars on topical issues.
EDS is a registered charity and donations to it are tax-deductible.