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EDS’s template submission on the RM reform bills

24 January 2023

The Environmental Defence Society has produced a template submission on the Natural and Built Environment Bill and the Spatial Planning Bill to help those interested in submitting on the Bills.

The Bills, which will replace the Resource Management Act, will provide the legal framework for managing Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural and built environments for decades to come. It is therefore critically important that we get them right.

EDS hopes that its template submission will make it easier for people to get involved in this once in a generation process. The template identifies key problems with the Bills that need fixing, and positive aspects that should be retained.

Submissions on the Bills to the Environment Select Committee close on 5 February 2023.

EDS’s template submission is available here

EDS is also hosting an online webinar on the bills on Wednesday 25 January 2023, 2pm – 3pm. Dr Greg Severinsen and Raewyn Peart, EDS’s RM reform experts, will present EDS’s perspectives on the bills. Questions and answers will follow. The workshop will not be overly ‘legalistic’- rather the focus will be on assisting you to gain a broader understanding of the bills in order to prepare submissions.

Registrations for the webinar are open until 9pm today. You can register here. Please feel free to distribute this to your networks.