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Real Change To Building Infrastructure

“New Zealand needs to build its way out of the cost of
living crisis, but in order to do that we need to scrap the
Resource Management Act (RMA) and replace it with a
fit-for-purpose set of environmental and urban development
laws,” says ACT’s Infrastructure spokesperson Simon

“Fundamental changes to our planning rules
are long overdue. The 900-page RMA is the single biggest
obstacle to building the infrastructure for a better New

“It makes no sense to use the same law that
protects Fiordland’s natural wonders to decide whether a
paddock in Henderson can become a subdivision. It is a
burdensome and costly piece of legislation that makes
consenting a nightmare and has led to infrastructure that is
outdated and not fit for purpose.

providers spend almost $1.3 billion every year on
consenting. That’s just for the consents, without building
anything. For the average smaller project, like fixing a
dangerous road, consenting costs account for almost 16 per
cent of the total budget.

“The Government’s
reforms to the RMA repeat many of the mistakes of the past.
They are not clear about who has the right to do what on
their land and who has the right to object. That means
projects will still be held up by years of hearings,
appeals, consultants’ reports, and iwi

ACT’s replacement for the RMA would
make it much easier to get building. We

  • Restrict the right to object to neighbours
    who are directly affected by the project
  • Allow
    neighbourhoods to vote to exempt themselves from some
    planning rules
  • Create a new Planning Tribunal to
    determine compensation for affected neighbours who hold out
    from negotiations to loosen planning rules
  • Reduce
    the need for consents when infrastructure projects use a
    Code of Practice to manage environmental effects, saving
    billions of dollars and reducing years of

“This would work alongside ACT’s
policy to incentivise and resource councils to provide
infrastructure for new homes by sharing half of the GST
levied on new housing construction in their regions with

“Our economic potential will only be realised
by reducing government interference in our lives. ACT would
enable New Zealanders to build and develop without being
bound by the shackles of

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