RM Journal

Resource Management System – Reform or Transform?

Despite 22 amendments over the 26 years since the Resource Management Act was enacted, it has not “delivered” in terms of its intended environmental outcomes while others decry the impact of the legislation on economic well-being.

Calls for reform of our resource management system are both long standing and widespread; in fact, the RMLA conference theme this year ‘Transform or Reform’ embraces this issue.

Martin Williams, Barrister, Shakespeare Chambers notes that a lack of monitoring and objective evaluation of what the RMA has actually achieved, or conversely failed to achieve makes reform inherently difficult.

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