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Opponents and supporters of fast-track bill want changes

Whether for or against, most share worries the decision-making process will be politicised.

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Brent Edwards Tue, 19 Mar 2024
Key points
  • What’s at stake: The Government wants to speed up the consenting of projects of national or regional significance.
  • Background: The Resource Management Act has been blamed for delaying or stopping development, while not protecting the environment. Fast-track legislation is a stop-gap measure until the coalition reforms the RMA.
  • Key players: The Government, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop, Transport Minister Simeon Brown, mining sector, environmental lobby groups.

It seems inevitable that the Government’s proposed fast-track consenting legislation will be amended in the face of criticism it opens the way to undue influence being placed on decision makers.

Not only do environmental groups oppose it, but groups that support some fast-track mechanism have

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Key points
  • What’s at stake: The Government wants to speed up the consenting of projects of national or regional significance.
  • Background: The Resource Management Act has been blamed for delaying or stopping development, while not protecting the environment. Fast-track legislation is a stop-gap measure until the coalition reforms the RMA.
  • Key players: The Government, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop, Transport Minister Simeon Brown, mining sector, environmental lobby groups.
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