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More Maori input into Resource Management Act replacement

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The Resource Management Act is set to be repealed and replaced with new laws this parliamentary term.

Environment Minister David Parker says it will be replaced with three new Acts:

- the Natural and Built Environments Act to provide for land use and environmental regulation;

- a Strategic Planning Act to integrate with other development legislation and set long-term regional spatial strategies;

- and a Climate Change Adaptation Act.

Mr Parker says urban areas are struggling to keep pace with population growth, water quality is deteriorating, biodiversity is diminishing and there is an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change.

He says the new laws will improve the natural environment, enable more development within environmental limits, provide an effective role for Māori, and improve housing supply and affordability.

The Government is working with a collective of pan Māori entities on key elements of the Natural and Built Environments Act including the strengthened recognition of tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The reform follows the review of New Zealand’s resource management system led by former Appeal Court Judge Tony Randerson and published in July 2020.

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