Innovations in iwi involvement: Mana Whakahono a Rohe

After several years of drafting, consulting and redrafting, the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 received royal assent in April. It makes a number of significant amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) This includes changes to iwi participation arrangements with the introduction of a new Subpart 2 to Part 5 of the RMA. This subpart allows broad scope for iwi involvement in resource management matters. Sections 58L to 58U deal with iwi participation arrangements under a new name – Mana Whakahono a Rohe.

Posted on July 24, 2017 .

Urban Development Authorities

It appears widely accepted that changes are needed to address housing supply, rising house prices and a growing population. In answer to these concerns, the Government is considering new legislation that would:

  1. Empower nationally or locally significant urban development projects to access more enabling development powers and land use rules; and
  2. Establish new urban development authorities to support these projects where required.
Posted on July 24, 2017 .

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill Update

Wide-sweeping reforms to the RMA are on the horizon, with the Local Government and Environment Select Committee having recently reported on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. Click through to read our summary of the Bill's key provisions. 

Posted on April 6, 2017 .

High Court Mussels out Part 2 of the RMA

The High Court’s recent decision in R J Davidson Family Trust v Marlborough District Council makes it clear that a key finding of the Supreme Court in King Salmon – that there is generally no ability to consider Part 2 of the RMA and undertake an “overall broad judgment” – also applies to decisions on resource consents. 

Posted on April 4, 2017 .

Alcohol in supermarkets

Where (and how prominently) can alcohol be displayed in a supermarket? The Court of Appeal has recently considered the provisions in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 which require the display of alcohol within a “single area” in supermarkets.

Posted on April 4, 2017 .