RMA reform will be an uphill battle

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.

The set-up for the 3rd term is that National have become arrogant. ?They are now between a rock and a hard place. ?Go it alone and push it through with the help of ACT, or pretend to work together and get bogged down by parties that only have one objective: ?sabotage.

One way or another, it’s a potential disaster for National, with very little scope for a win. ?The real challenge will lie in getting the public on board to the point where all the other parties end up marginalised. ?Failing that, the only other solution is to recognise RMA reform for the tar pit that it is, and if it doesn’t go anywhere after the first 12-18 months, to quietly put it into the too-hard basket and let it die a natural death.

Of course, leaders lead. ?And in the case of RMA, National should do what it believes it thinks is best for the country, even if it does not have the support of the majority of parties and perhaps the country at large. ?Farrar will be busy taking the nation’s temperature to see if this is an election issue or just a hot media potato. ?If the country is against it, but it doesn’t affect votes, expect an ‘arrogant’ National to push ahead.


– Audrey Young, NZ Herald