ACT responds to Key’s RMA backdown

BY David Seymour at 22 May, 2015


The Prime Minister’s backdown on the RMA is disappointing but not surprising, says ACT leader David Seymour.

“If we’re serious about councils allowing the next generation to build homes, we need to get some guts. We cannot have an act of parliament preoccupied with telling councils that building houses is inappropriate.”

In his Budget speech Mr Seymour pointed out, “The words inappropriate subdivision appear 156 times in the Resource Management Act, three of them in


Free Thoughts – Fresh Water and RMA reform: a plan or a blunder?

BY David Seymour at 26 January, 2015


“Treaty settlements should be for cash and resources. They must not involve deals over governance arrangements that undermine our democratic institutions.”

Summary & Overview

Who owns the freshwater flowing down our rivers?  Does that question even make any sense?

A better question is, who has the rights to use that water, and on what terms?

In 2009 the government established the Land and Water Forum to explore the many issues around fresh water use. The


ACT welcomes commitment to RMA reform

BY David Seymour at 22 January, 2015


“ACT welcomes the acknowledgement by Environment Minister Nick Smith that the RMA has become a major impediment to development, is costing jobs, making housing too expensive and not even doing a great job at managing natural resources,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The Treasury-commissioned report released by Mr Smith confirms the stifling and expensive effects of the RMA on development.

“The discussions around inequality and child poverty in recent years have consistently shown rising housing costs