RMA changes may not fix deeper problems

Changes proposed for the Resource Management Act are positive but may not address the RMA’s deeper problems, says BusinessNZ in its submission on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says a fundamental problem with the RMA is that it diminishes individuals’ property rights through regulation supposedly in the public interest.

“Regulation under the Act has now broadened to cover issues that were never intended to be covered and whose coverage is not in the public interest for the sustainable management of the environment.

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