Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, April 6th, 2017 - 19 comments
Nick Smith’s RMA reforms are close to being completed. Will his high homes for the reforms be met?
Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, March 15th, 2017 - 13 comments
Maori Party Co-Leader, Marama Fox, is playing hardball over Nick Smith latest attempts to weasel out of commitments on the deeply flawed RMA changes that National has spent the last few years trying to find any support for in Parliament. The bill is crap. The Maori party should just drop it regardless how many baubles they think they will get from it.
Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, November 9th, 2016 - 19 comments
A good day to dump bad news. Looks like RMA changes are back on agenda, courtesy of the Maori Party.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, March 15th, 2016 - 31 comments
If the RMA Amendment Bill goes through, then community groups all over the country are going to become intimately acquainted with just how badly they have been shafted by Mr Smith and his accomplices.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 9th, 2016 - 29 comments
The Government is planning to allow the relevant Minister to change District Plans by regulation or to allow National Policy Statements to change district plans and to prevent submissions being received unless evidence contained is provided by a professional adviser with expertise.
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 5th, 2015 - 66 comments
An excellent piece by Rod Oram on the RMA and the government’s attempts at spin.
Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, September 11th, 2013 - 84 comments
National is facing humiliation over it’s failure to get the numbers for its controversial Resource Management Act reforms as both the Maori Party and United Future refuse to back the legislation in its current form.
Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, August 11th, 2013 - 21 comments
National has announced further changes to the Resource Management Act. Predictably the proposals are designed to allow the Government to say that it is doing something about affordable housing but in reality they will, if enacted, further undermine and damage existing environmental protection.
Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, May 27th, 2013 - 35 comments
Good to see a case where Labour is clear about repealing some of National’s damaging law changes.
Written By: - Date published: 3:55 pm, September 10th, 2009 - 40 comments
No Right Turn and Frogblog both have pieces up on Labour’s decision to vote in support of the Government’s moves to gut the RMA last night. It’s disappointing to say the least. I’d be interested to hear from some Labour MPs why they voted this way, either in the comments section of this post or […]
Written By: - Date published: 2:24 pm, September 6th, 2009 - 7 comments
In Ponsonby there is a bloody great big hole which is all that remains of the unlamented DYC Vinegar factory. It has been affording the locals some amusement between bouts in hearings. The site was to be a $250 million mall. The hole was dug last year. However it stopped abruptly when the development group […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:13 am, August 21st, 2009 - 16 comments
The polls are still fine but National are looking a wee bit crispy round the edges right now. Nice Mr Key has a lot on his plate (hat tip).. Check out the rap sheet: – a recent humbling by election loss – a minister sacked (for reasons that we are not allowed to know) – […]
Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, June 3rd, 2009 - 3 comments
Here’s an exert from Nick Smith’s speech to the 2009 New Zealand Planning Institute Conference: I acknowledge, that while the bulk of submissions have been supportive of the Bill, there is considerable debate over the provisions that remove the non-complying activity class, that restrict blanket urban tree protection, that limit plan appeal rights and which […]
Written By: - Date published: 5:35 pm, April 5th, 2009 - 12 comments
The attack on democratic local government is taking shape in the public domain. 1. Hide was not made the Minister of Local Govt for nothing. Radical changes are planned and National chose an ACT Party frontman to deflect public reaction. The Bill about to be introduced, and likely passed, to ‘cap rates at the rate […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:50 pm, February 17th, 2009 - 21 comments
The Greens have released advice from the Ministry of Justice confirming that the Government’s rushed RMA changes will prevent legitimate cases going to court and undermine fundamental justice rights. According to the leaked cabinet paper: ‘the [financial] risks associated with security of costs can act as a barrier for those with legitimate cases but little […]
Written By: - Date published: 1:44 pm, February 4th, 2009 - 10 comments
I know when I write a post that if two statements in the post seem to disagree someone will quickly point out the apparent logical inconsistency to me and I’ll either have to explain it or fix it. Which is all well and good. So, I thought I would do the same for Vernon Small […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, February 4th, 2009 - 13 comments
Our guest RMA expert, offers an analysis of National’s proposed changes to our resource management framework: National’s phase one RMA review document looks good at a first glance, but after a detailed look fish hooks, and the right-wing agenda, are more and more evident. The phase one review is clearly set up to bulldoze through big development […]