This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Resource Management Act Of New Zealand

1673 words - 7 pages

Natural and physical resources are of significant importance to the New Zealand economy and its people. For this reason correct resource management is important to New Zealand. The current system used for resource management in New Zealand is the Resource Management Act (Parliamentary Council Office, 2014). The purpose of this document is to promote sustainable management of resources, both natural and physical, as New Zealand’s primary legislation on environmental management (EM). However, since the RMA was passed it has faced significant resistance due to mainly being expensive and overly-time consuming. In 2013 the Ministry for the Environment (MFE), the New Zealand government’s principal adviser on the environment, published a discussion document on improving the New Zealand resource management system (Ministry for the Environment, 2013). This report will look to summarise, evaluate and critically assess the MFE document looking to reform the RMA. Rather than cover the entire document, this report will focus specifically on the section regarding ‘more efficient and effective consenting’ and whether this proposed reform will lead to better EM in New Zealand.
Summary and Assessment of MFE discussion document
The MFE believe that the current system put in place for resource management, the RMA, could be managed more effectively and with greater efficiency. They believe that while the RMA in terms of decision making results in the correct outcome the processes leading up to this can be “long, cumbersome and inefficient” (Ministry for the Environment, 2013, p.9). The purpose of this discussion document is to improve the resource management system in New Zealand through identification of areas in which the RMA could potentially be improved. The document begins by explaining the current situation for resource management in New Zealand and the issues involved. It then goes onto discussing several case studies, such as what can be learnt from the Canterbury earthquakes and the inability of the Greater Wellington Regional Council in identifying “outstanding natural features and landscapes” which require protection (Ministry for the Environment, 2013, p.22). In which it concludes that while significant changes have been made to resource management in New Zealand, issues still remain regarding the achievement and efficiency of the sustainable management purpose of the RMA. Following this the document provides connections with ‘other proposed reforms and initiatives’ which are being implemented across the broader resource management system, such as resource and freshwater management. The discussion then turns to examining what changes should be made to the RMA in six proposed reform packages, which are; ‘greater national consistency and guidance’, ‘fewer resource management plans’, ‘better natural hazard management’, ‘effective and meaningful iwi/Māori participation’, ‘working with councils to improve practice’, and ‘more efficient and effective...

Find Another Essay On The Resource Management Act of New Zealand

The Collapse of New Zealand Society

977 words - 4 pages The Collapse of New Zealand SocietyThe Barney cliché "I love you, you love me" used to describe my homeland New Zealand, but over the past ten years I have witnessed an irrevocable change for the worse. Children no longer share friendship and innocence, they are corrupted by the negative, perpetual grinder New Zealand has become. The days of companionship and neighbourly compassion have crumbled into the dusts of yesterday, and in its

New Zealand and the Impact of Fishing

1445 words - 6 pages In the warm southwestern seas of the world, just above Australia and the Tasman Sea, lies a beautiful island country of New Zealand. Governed by the Queen herself and kept fertile and wondrous by the gods above, this sanctuary of perfect ness can only be enhanced by its superb fisheries and varied species of fish. Often pictured by many as an ideal place of the world or the favored vacation spot, for the residents of this paradise, it is not

Economy of new zealand

988 words - 4 pages The United States and New Zealand established close ties in 1942, when the U.S. provided security for New Zealand during World War II, and have remained close ever since. However, in 1984, the Labour party came into power in New Zealand, with intentions to bar nuclear-armed and nuclear-powered warships from New Zealand ports. Implementation of this anti-nuclear policy was incompatible with U.S. policy and disrupted the alliance under the

Fly to the end of the world: Air New Zealand

2068 words - 8 pages 1. Current BackgroundFacing the increasing fierce competition, airlines make efforts to differentiate themselves from each other in order to obtain the maximum of market share. In some cases, Air New Zealand as a successful example has done a decent job with implementing some successful marketing strategies. Certainly, some potential opportunities and problems that company has ignored existing as well.After years of often ferocious competition

The Role And Functions Of New Zealand Government

1663 words - 7 pages restructuring government agencies. The most significant change was the election of the Labour Party in 1984, which ended the Muldoon Administration. At this time, New Zealand was in a rut because of poor economic management by the previous Government. Unemployment was high in 1983 and still climbing, real GDP was only 1.15 between 1976 and 1984, and international debt was at 41% of GDP in 1984. The United Kingdom (the major New Zealand export

The Role of Technology in Transforming the New Zealand Economy

2147 words - 9 pages I have also attached the paper in a word document due to formatting and graph issuesExecutive SummaryThis overview paper proposes an integrated approach for innovation policy, focusing on the particular role of technology, to support the Government's economic goals. It includes a review of the role of technology in the New Zealand economy as a basis for identifying priorities for innovation policy.Compared to our trading partners we have

The Colonization of New Zealand: Before, During, and After

1053 words - 4 pages powers of its legislature. Now one of the most important dates, 1948, was the year when New Zealandons became NZ citizens and were no longer British citizens. The most important year, 1986, was when Parliament passed the Constitution Act 1986, giving New Zealand full independence. However, within the 2000’s, Queen Elizabeth II still is the head of state of NZ, and therefore, it has not gained complete full independence from Britain as a republic

The New Zealand Healthcare System

1911 words - 8 pages but two the spending per capita was less than fifty percent of that of the US. In New Zealand the amount per capita was nearly one-third of the US at $2,683 (Squires, 2011). The comparison of expenditures by itself demonstrates an environment where growth is occurring in what should be a non-growth oriented industry. As costs for health care rise investment and growth in other areas will continue to stagnate. A troubling parallel aspect of

The New Zealand Teachers Council Code of Ethics

1494 words - 6 pages To represent my personal philosophy of teaching and learning I have sought inspiration from Maori beliefs and the native forests of New Zealand, in particular the unfurling of the koru and the symbolism that it represents and the guardianship of Tane Mahuta. For me the use of this context provides an authentic, relatable framework upon which to build my personal teaching and learning metaphor. The koru is an iconic New Zealand emblem; with

Domestic Violence in New Zealand is the Loss of Innocence

627 words - 3 pages It was a few weeks ago, whilst visiting the Banksy exhibition at Canterbury Museum, that a particular artwork stood out to me. It featured a silhouette of a boy and a girl holding hands and walking on a large pile of guns. After giving the artwork some thought I realised that this portrayal of the loss of innocence of children was exceptionally relevant in New Zealand and couldn’t better reflect the growing epidemic across New Zealand that

The Many Languages of Australia and New Zealand

1716 words - 7 pages As of 2013, there are many languages spoken both in Australia and New Zealand. Having a history dating as far as the 18th century, both countries constitute the Austral realm. Within its many aspects, one of the most notorious is its language. Known by the humorous effect some of its sentences and words provoke in people, the language of the Austral realm has helped shape the identity of Australia as well as New Zealand and has become an

Similar Essays

Review Of The 1982 Official Information Act In New Zealand

1378 words - 6 pages delivery and the need for transparency without the document and records management skills information professionals have.Overall effectiveness of the Official Information ActThe OIA states that it aims to "increase progressively the availability of official information to the people of New Zealand." The availability of official information in New Zealand has increased to a point. Prior to the Act the only way the public could access official

An Example Of The Policy Cycle In New Zealand Using Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986 As A Case Study

2653 words - 11 pages Zealand has been identified as having flaws in the area of evaluation. However The Homosexual Reform Act has been subject to evaluation from New Zealand the Human Rights Commission. The report examines a selection of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights identifying where New Zealand is already meeting and even surpassing international standards and where we need to do better.New Zealand also has healthy systems for making clear

The Geography Of New Zealand Essay

1064 words - 4 pages The Geography of New Zealand      The well-known country of New Zealand is a small, resourceful nation located 1,000 miles off Australia's south east coast. New Zealand has an impressive economy that continues to grow, a physical landscape that attracts people from around the globe, and although small, New Zealand is a respected nation for its advanced civilization and stable government. The geography of

The Children Of New Zealand Essay

1265 words - 5 pages The Children of New Zealand You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your relatives. Neither can you choose your parents or your place of birth. If you could any sensible foetus would choose at least twenty other countries to be born in rather then New Zealand. New Zealand's children's needs are being seriously neglected. This essay will challenge New Zealand's performance in child health and welfare. Looking at the