Apart from ACT, all political parties have expressed that they are against Nick Smith’s RMA review
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says it will do nothing for house prices in Auckland.
Local authorities wanted a law that was simple and less complex to manage and one that provided better outcomes for communities and economy, Local Govt New Zealand (LGNZ) president Lawrence Yule said today.
LGNZ represents the authorities whose role is to implement the Resource Management Act.
Mr Yule, who is also the Mayor of Hastings, said there was too much process prescribed by the current planning law.
“We need an act that creates more affordable housing, builds jobs and creates business and economic growth, within an environment of managing our natural resources.”
Environment Minister Nick Smith set out 10 areas of reform that will change the way councils carry out planning law.
So, to summarise:
The Green Party have gone all sulky with Genter saying there is absolutely no point working with National on RMA reform as they won’t be listened to.
The Maori party are against it, as they see Maori natural heritage under threat.
NZ First don’t like it because it doesn’t attack real problems, like immigration pressure on house prices and other RMA managed resources.
Peter Dunne’s against it, and I got too bored to understand why, but he’s not on the team.
And Andrew Little has done exactly as I predicted: he says reform is just a ‘smoke screen’ (I used Trojan Horse) for the government to slide in the legalised rape an pillage of natural resources, all the while selling it as something that will make houses cheaper. Read more »