Life after the RMA

Ohiwa Bay (Credit: Elissa Dunn)

It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it! But all good things come to an end and at some stage the RMA will go the way of its predecessors.  Or at least that’s the prospect that’s being contemplated by various initiatives around the country.

EDS is very keen to play an influential and constructive role in those discussions. We’re currently doing a piece of work asking whether the RMA has delivered for the environment. That will help inform our position on whether wholesale or incremental reform is called for. The point most sectors seem agreed on is that we need to maintain environmental bottom lines and that it’s unacceptable that we are still going backwards on some key biodiversity indicators.

One view that is gaining traction (and is exemplified in the problems with the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill) is that efforts to improve urban planning are contaminating the rest of resource management practice and that perhaps a more bespoke approach is required. The range of possible outcomes include restructuring the existing act to achieve that through to separate town planning and environment acts.

Published March 2016.

Last updated at 10:34AM on August 8, 2016