RMA changes back on agenda

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, November 9th, 2016 - 19 comments
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Looks like RMA changes are back on agenda:

Māori Party gets RMA changes across line

A controversial overhaul to the Resource Management Act which National has failed to get across the line for years looks set to be resurrected by the Māori Party.

Co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell will make an announcement at 1pm, followed by a press conference with Environment Minister Nick Smith afterwards.

The changes will be the biggest reform to the Act in decades, and are touted by Dr Smith as removing unnecessary red tape when applying for resource consents. …

19 comments on “RMA changes back on agenda”

  1. james 1

    Wow – this could be huge for Auckland and other areas where getting land released is difficult.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      It’s going to destroy our entire environment and make NZ unliveable so that a few greedy bludgers can have bigger digital bank balances.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    If Māori are listening this should be the last kiss of death for the mP.

    • save nz 2.1

      Wonder what the National government has offered the Maori party to do their dirty work for them. What a joke!

      • Cinny 2.1.1

        Seymour was anti the proposed changes, I guessed is why they probably dangled carrots to Flavell and Foxy to get it over the line.

    • Michelle 2.2

      Yes Maori are listening Draco that’s is precisely why the Maori Party only have 2 seats it is not the Maori vote you have to worry about at the next election it is our Pakeha whanau who voted in the brighter future lot promising a brighter future but delivering a bleaker one

  3. Takere 3

    This means that all whenua classifications, cultural, accreted whenua, council-maori co-governed, SHA ect … whenua can now become and utilised as financial profit making ventures without the charitable tax status being affected however, the normal tax obligations will apply.

    • james 3.1

      We just dont know yet (unless you have some inside info) – Im awaiting the release with interest.

      But – have to agree – timing is a bit strange to say the lease.

      • Takere 3.1.1

        In settlement process in Tamaki. Government want iwi in Tamaki to buy into solving the housing problem with settlement properties.
        This should be a central government matter not a “condition” of settlement issue.
        However I’ve got some thick cuzzies at the table who’re more intune with their ego & “importance” with been nigga’s at the table.

        • Molly 3.1.1.1

          Thanks for the info Takere.

          Always disappointing to see the slow seduction of money over ethics and manaakitanga in any forum.

          The MP has long lost it’s way and Te Ururoa Flavell was the driving force behind the proposal to change the Land Court for maaori land as well. (Haven’t kept up with that, so don’t know if it has gone through)

          • Takere 3.1.1.1.1

            Ae Molly.
            The enablers many iwi end up with at the negotiating table buy into the bullshit and lose their perspective and objectivity.
            Then they’re bought off with baubles and high paying jobs within Council, feathering their pockets, get to lead hui when the Crown turn up to rob their people blind!
            As well as mislead the iwi … not all of us are buying it and will continue to be constructive in deconstructing the facade …. There is an election coming next year and no deed has been signed so, delay, delay, delay … till iwi collectively have a lightbulb moment.
            Maaori Land Court is pretty toothless, mostly and longevity is limited I think because the jurisdication for rulings will be passed onto the Waitangi Tribunal at some time later when all settlements are completed?

            Then the Crown will ignore rulings passed down from the Waitangi Tribunal!

        • Michelle 3.1.1.2

          Takere are they thick or greedy ?

  4. Bearded Git 4

    Whatever infinitesimal shred of credibility the Maori Party still retained has just gone.

    These changes (assuming the wording is retained from the select committee stage) mean that no subdivision or development in the outstanding natural landscapes of the Queenstown Lakes District can be notified for public submission nor appealed to the Environment Court.

    The Maori Party dumps on the country’s environment for small gains for Maori. Thank you very much Te Ururoa and Marama. Electoral oblivion beckons.

  5. Nick K 5

    Why the negativity? This is Nick Smith we’re writing about. He thinks you can introduce another layer of brorocracy and then claim in the next breath you are getting red of red tape. He’s a fully-flushed moron. Have you forgotten his SHA fu*k ups?

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