9 Nov 2020

Episode 8: Is the RMA a Dog? - House Talk

From House Talk, 6:00 am on 9 November 2020

Series Classification: G (General Audiences)

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The RMA gets a lot of flak for being complex and outdated. Change is in the pipeline, but do we risk throwing out the good points of the RMA as well as the bad.​ Here is the latest update on RMA legislation change.

The Resource Management Act has become a distant version of its original form.  The legislation comes under constant attack for being too complex and out of date, but some experts still defend the RMA saying that it comes under attack from property developers who are frustrated that the RMA stops them from building projects that might have harmful effects on the environment.

This episode talks with the opponents and the fans of the Resource Management Act, who both argue the merits of their perspective.

This link, [as at August 2020], allows you to read the latest Government position on RMA reform.

Andy Asquith, Director Public Management Group, Massey University

Andy Asquith, Director Public Management Group, Massey University Photo: Crux Ltd

Hon Judith Collins, National Party Spokesperson for Planning (RMA reform) (at time of recording)

Hon Judith Collins, National Party Spokesperson for Planning (RMA reform) (at time of recording) Photo: Crux Ltd

Quentin Smith, Queenstown Lakes District Councillor

Quentin Smith, Queenstown Lakes District Councillor Photo: Crux Ltd

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