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Resource management reform legislation introduced to Parliament

The reform of Aotearoa New Zealand’s resource management system has reached a significant milestone with new legislation introduced to Parliament today.

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The Spatial Planning Bill and Natural and Built Environment Bill are the result of an intensive work programme over the past three years, informed by valuable input from our partners and stakeholders.   

The resource management system makes a significant contribution to the wellbeing of New Zealanders. It is at the heart of how we manage our natural environment, and fundamental to our built environment including urban development, housing supply and regional economic development. 

The key shifts in the new system are: 

  • planning for positive outcomes, not just managing adverse effects 
  • a more effective role for Māori, one that gives effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • more integrated and strategic long-term planning for transport, infrastructure, housing, climate resilience and environmental protection 
  • a regional, collaborative approach to planning 
  • effective partnering of central and local government and iwi/hapū/Māori in planning and delivery 
  • stronger, more consistent national direction 
  • moving to equitable and efficient resource allocation within limits 
  • improved evidence, monitoring, feedback and oversight.