Reform of the Resource Management Act can't come soon enough.
That's the view of Infrastructure New Zealand, which says the Act is cumbersome, complex, and not fit to help recovery from the Covid-19 lockdown.
The government has announced legislation will go before Parliament in June taking away public and council input in to major works. Instead projects will be vetted by a panel of experts, but only for a period of two years.
Paul Blair is the chief executive of Infrastructure New Zealand.