No bloody taniwha

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

“No bloody taniwha” will stop National from pushing through a new road, say Maurice Williamson when talking about Natioansl proposed changes to the Resource Management Act.

National is promising the introduction of a substantial amendment bill within three months of being elected and has pledged to pass it within nine months.

Its main points are:

* Scrapping legal aid for objectors. [About bloody time]

* Introducing mechanisms to prevent vexatious and frivolous objections. [How about jail time]

* Allowing for direct referral to the Environment Court.

* Rewriting parts of the act inconsistent with its commitment to having one law for all, by removing references to the Treaty of Waitangi. [Treaty, what Treaty?]

* Requiring greater recognition of private property rights in land. [Too right]

These are a good start.

In some countries objections are generally overcome with hard cash. It often works out cheaper in the long run. For example it would have been cheaper and faster to offer all home owners along Ti Rakau Drive double the going rate for their houses in order to quickly advance the Eastern Corridor. Instead we had long consultative delays and notifications, and ultimately Polictical equivication at a local level [not Maurice, I mean Hubbard/Hucker et al]. It would have been better all round to simply say your house is worth $300k, here is $600k, When can you move?


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