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The 1991 Resource Management Act

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1991 RMA

Aired on 12 April 2017, this webinar is now available on-demand on our EquiP TV platform.

Please email Natasha Meynell to purchase this on-demand webinar. 

Price: $150+GST per person

This webinar is 45 minutes long.

Also known as The Dark Art of Town Planning.  RMA decision-making isn’t just about resource consents; this webinar discusses what you should and should not be doing in your role as an elected member in RMA decision-making, without getting into the detail of the Act.

Key themes

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is one of the most significant pieces of legislation you will need to be familiar with.  It affects many of the decisions you make at the table, whether they are ‘RMA’ decisions or not.

It is a complex piece of legislation, made even less straightforward by case-law, jargon, and the way it takes common English words and phrases and turns them into something completely different.

This is a first principles, plain-speaking guide to explain:

  • what the RMA is meant to achieve;
  • where you will encounter it in your roles as an elected member;
  • what your role is as an elected member in a variety of circumstances; and
  • things to say (and not to say) to the public about Council-RMA issues.

Learning outcomes

After this webinar you will be able to:

  • simply explain what the RMA is meant to achieve;
  • identify when you are in a ‘quasi-judicial’ role and know the rules for behaviour around that;
  • understand your role and function as a policy maker;
  • plan for future RMA training opportunities and how to become more proficient; and
  • understand how to answer curly questions related to the RMA.

About the presenter

Sue Wells, accredited RMA Commissioner with Chair’s Accreditation

Sue has served five terms as a Christchurch City Councillor and six as a Christchurch Community Board member.  She is an accredited RMA Commissioner with Chair’s Accreditation, and is the South Island Planning Manager for The Property Group Ltd.  As an elected member, Sue’s “been there, done that”, made the mistakes and earned her stripes.  Her experience covers everything from dogs to drinking, gambling to prostitution (in a regulatory context), RMA consents and district plan changes, bylaw making, designing bespoke consultation processes, writing resolutions that stick, chairing hearings panels, chairing the Council’s submissions panel, chairing the Canterbury CDEM group, to serving nine years as a board member on Christchurch City Holdings Limited and another three on Orion Group.

Sue understands the real-world pressures faced when you are on a council or community board, and is a passionate advocate of upskilling local government elected members.

Her pre-council life was spent in broadcasting, on both radio and television.  She was the first presenter to host a show on CTV, a channel with which she still holds a strong connection.


Please contact the EquiP team for further information on 04 924 1200 or email equip.pd@lgnz.co.nz 

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Date updated: 1 November 2018