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Resource management involves making tough decisions about how we use our resources to support growth, protect the environment, address climate change and plan for the future.
The Resource Management Act 1991 was criticised for being overly complex and slow-moving, failing to address New Zealand's growth and development needs, and not delivering better outcomes for our natural environment. For a long time, there has been widespread consensus that change is needed.
The previous Labour Government introduced and passed legislation in 2023 creating a new resource management system that would be transitioned to over time. That Government proposed shifting a number of councils’ existing resource management functions to new Regional Planning Committees.
The incoming government has signalled that there may be changes to the previous government’s reform. Whatever happens at the national political level, LGNZ will continue to advocate for the active involvement of local councils and communities in influencing and making resource management and land use planning decisions.
Our work to date
The timeline below summarises activity to date.
We submitted on the Natural and Bill Environment Bill and the Spatial Planning Bill, outlining how they could be improved.
We produced a summary of council views on resource management reform.
We wrote to Environment Minister David Parker regarding the delivery of successful resource management reform.
We ran a number of workshops on the proposed reforms to cover what they encompassed, local government’s concerns with them and governance and decision-making arrangements.