COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill

OraTaiao submission, 21 June 2020

We oppose the side-stepping of the participatory processes of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The basic purpose of sustainable development in the RMA is not reflected in the Bill, and nor is the major principle of community participation in resource management decisions.

For public health, health equity and hauora Māori expertise, this process is particularly important. Despite people’s health and wellbeing being part of the definition of sustainable development in the RMA, there is no formal inclusion of health impacts in the resource consent process (except sometimes as part of Environmental Impact Assessment). This leaves health expertise to make submissions as a member of the public during the notification and consenting process.

Read full submission here.