National says ‘NO’ to effective RMA reform

BY David Seymour at 23 March, 2017

Just hours after ACT and UnitedFuture offered the government a way out of the Māori Party’s chokehold, National has rushed into ill-advised and unpopular changes to the RMA.

“National backbenchers know how unpopular the proposed iwi consultation requirements are. Rural New Zealand is balking at the idea of unelected iwi groups dictating local plans.

ACT and UnitedFuture offer National a way out of RMA quagmire

BY ACT at 23 March, 2017

ACT Leader David Seymour and UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne have today written to the Prime Minister with a proposal to finally get Resource Management Act reforms passed. This reiterates a similar offer made a year ago.

“Neither ACT nor UnitedFuture can support the Resource Legislation Bill in its current form,” says Mr Seymour.

Fix the RMA, fix the housing crisis

BY David Seymour at 17 March, 2017

ACT Leader David Seymour has today revealed amendments [attached] that will vastly improve the latest round of Resource Management Act reforms.

“The RMA helped created the housing crisis through its several hundred pages of bureaucratic processes, red-tape and anti-development bias.

ACT calls time on the National-Maori Party fling

BY David Seymour at 15 March, 2017

ACT will seek to remove onerous iwi consultation requirements from proposed RMA reforms. ACT Leader David Seymour has drafted a Supplementary Order Paper [attached] to make these changes.

“ACT supports comprehensive reform of the Resource Management Act, simplifying consenting and reducing costs for homebuilders.

And you thought RMA reform couldn’t get any worse

BY David Seymour at 14 March, 2017

The latest Resource Management Act reform won’t be any more effective than the previous 18 reforms to the Act, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks the worst of RMA negotiations are behind him,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. The Government’s Resource Legislation Amendment Bill is being debated at second reading today.