4 May 2020

Coronavirus: Fast-tracking resource consenting proposed

From Morning Report, 7:09 am on 4 May 2020

Cabinet has agreed to put a rocket under the resource consent process to fast-track building projects, but not all three governing parties are on board.

The Green Party is only supporting the changes at the first reading, and will wait to hear public submissions during the select committee process before committing any further.

The bulk of Parliament agrees the Resource Management Act isn't fit for purpose, but in an effort to balance the public's right to have a say with the urgency around creating jobs Environment Minister David Parker has put a two year sunset clause on the consent changes.

Political reporter Jo Moir has the story.