TMTB makes submission on Resource Management Amendment Bill

The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board regularly makes submissions on legislation and regulations that could potentially affect Ngāti Tūwharetoa whānau, hapū and the iwi as a whole.

The latest such submission is on the Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.

If this bill becomes law, it will affect the following changes:

  • Exclude the hierarchy of obligations in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) from resource consenting. This will address concerns raised about the way it is being applied while a review and replacement of the NPS-FM is undertaken.
  • Repeal the contentious low slope map and associated requirements from stock exclusion regulations, reducing costs for farmers.
  • Repeal the permitted and restricted discretionary activity regulations and associated conditions for intensive winter grazing from the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F).
  • Align the provisions for coal mining with other mineral extraction activities under the National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB), NPS-FM and NES-F.
  • Suspend for three years requirements under the NPS-IB for councils to identify new Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) and include them in district plans. The Bill also extends some SNA implementation timeframes to 31 December 2030.
  • Speed up and simplify the process for preparing and amending national direction, including national environmental standards, national planning standards, national policy statements and the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.

You can read the submission by clicking here, or by clicking the button below.

Read our submission here