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.

Environment Minister could intervene over Waikato farming restrictions

BY Danae Smith at 8 November, 2016

ACT Leader David Seymour today questioned the Environment Minister over the effect of the Healthy Rivers plan on Waikato farmers.

David Seymour: Will the Minister rule in or out invoking section 142 of the Resource Management Act and appointing a board of inquiry for the Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai, in light of complaints from farmers in the area that it will put them out of business?

Hon Dr Nick Smith:

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – First reading

BY Danae Smith at 3 December, 2015

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in opposition to this bill, but I start by commending the honourable Minister, Nick Smith, for bringing an Resource Management Act reform bill to the House. Resource Management Act reform is, in my view, the No. 1 regulatory priority for this country, and do not just take my word for it. As the Minister said, it is also the view of the OECD, the

ACT will not support National-Maori RMA tinkering

BY Danae Smith at 3 December, 2015

ACT will not be voting for National’s weakened RMA reform legislation.

“New Zealanders were promised RMA reform. What National has worked out with the Maori Party is tinkering,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Someone has say ‘New Zealand can do better than this’.

“New Zealanders have suffered under 900-pages of excessive regulation for too long. Compliance costs and delays on developments large and small are slowing business and choking housing supply.

“ACT would like to