Rodney Hide in the NBR has commented on the ever consuming taniwha:
We know from recent experience that such legal adventurism will prove bigger and more problematic that we can even imagine in our worst fears.
What would seem impossible will become every day and accepted.
Twenty years ago no one would have believed that the Resource Management Act would see a taniwha hold up development. Now it’s not even news.
I travelled around New Zealand warning of the implications of passing the Resource Management Bill into law. I worried at the time I might be exaggerating the possible ill-effects.
In hindsight, I wasn’t even close to how bad the legislation has turned out.
I know, too, the worst law has always been passed being dismissed as symbolic only and nothing of substance.
We laugh at King Canute ordering the tide not to come in. In truth, he was demonstrating the limit of his kingly power. He wisely knew that there were some things he just couldn’t do, no matter what his advisers thought.
And now today we have our parliament and our government believing they can breathe life into a river, make it live and give it a legal identity.
I have no idea what they’re thinking. I have no idea what it means.