In February 2021, the Government announced it intends to repeal the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) through three Bills. These reforms are an once in a generation change to the management of our environment in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Two bills are now at the select committee stage; the Spatial Planning Bill and the Natural and Built Environment Bill.
For a copy of the Spatial Planning Bill click here.
For a copy of the Natural and Built Environment Bill click here.
Te Tai Kaha Māori Collective (Federation of Māori Authorities, New Zealand Māori Council and Ngā Kaiārahi o Te Mana o te Wai Māori) Technical Advisors have prepared “primers” to assist with understanding the implications of these Bills from a Māori perspective, which Māori rights, interests and responsibilities in the environment the Bills recognises, and how well those rights are protected.
The “primers” cover the key themes within the Spatial Planning Bill and Natural and Built Environment Bill, and whether or not these Bills as drafted will give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Submissions close at 11.59pm on Sunday 5th February 2023.
We encourage all whānau, hapū, Māori landowners, iwi /Māori to engage in this process and have your say to the Environment Select Committee.
Resources to assist whānau, hapū, Māori landowners, iwi/Māori understand the implications of these Bills are as follows: