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2019 RMA Reforms




In an effort to produce a more industrious, inclusive and sustainable economy the government has proposed a number of reforms to the resource management system to take effect from 2019.


Its aim is to make the bill less complex, more understandable and to encourage the public to participate in the process. The changes will occur in two stages, with the first stage being a narrowly focused amendment to reverse some of the controversial changes made by the previous government in 2017 to reduce complexity, increase certainty and introduce a number of relatively simple changes to improve consenting, freshwater management, enforcement and Environment Court operation