Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017

Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017

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NOTE: This webinar is being sponsored by the Ministry for the Environment to enable councils to plan how to incorporate the changes to the RMA 1991. Originally aired on 29 June 2017, this webinar is offered on-demand and free of charge on our EquiPTV platform.

Please email the EquiP team to gain access to the RLAA 2017 Development Space, where you'll find video-on-demand, audio-on-demand, video segments, PowerPoints, PDFs and other media and links to help get you up to speed on the RLAA 2017.

The Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA) introduces significant changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), which are intended to improve alignment and integration across the resource management system, enable more proportional and adaptable processes, and promote robust, durable decision-making.

The changes to the RMA include, but are not limited to, new plan-making pathways, housing related changes (consents), increased Māori Participation/Mana Whakahono a Rohe, new national direction - National Planning Standards, and the removal of financial contribution provisions. These changes will have an impact on all territorial, regional and unitary authorities’ strategic and operation policies, and elected officials have an important role in making and reviewing a range of these policies.  

This webinar is approx. 45 minutes long.


To provide an overview of the changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), and how it may impact on the policies at local government level. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • have an understanding of the key changes to the RMA 1991; and
  • have an appreciation of the impacts of the changes, which will help you to make sound decisions and plan ahead.

Key themes

The key themes that will be covered are:

  • Māori participation/Mana Whakahono a Rohe; 
  • new planning pathways; 
  • housing related consents;
  • national planning standards; and
  • financial contributions.

An overview of other MfE work streams (national policy statement on urban development capacity, natural hazards, and other national directions) will be provided. 

Target audience

This webinar has been tailored for elected members. However, other interested officials will also benefit from understanding these changes to the RMA 1991. 

About the presenter

Rebecca Lloyd is an independent consultant with over 13 years' resource management experience, working in central and local government, as well as private practice. She has good knowledge of the resource management system and is currently employed as a contractor at Ministry for the Environment.

For more information on Rebecca's background, please visit the links below.



Please contact the EquiP team for further information on 04 924 1200 or email 


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