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Hide Wants To Get Rid Of `Burdening' RMA Compliance

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Rodney Hide. Pic: NZPA
Rodney Hide. Pic: NZPA

Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - Rodney Hide, the new minister responsible for cutting red tape, says he's ready to start dealing with the "burdening regulatory compliance" imposed by the Resource Management Act (RMA).

The ACT leader said that since he had become Minister for Regulatory Reform the feedback had been overwhelming, with the RMA identified as a critical issue.

"We need a much simpler, friendlier piece of legislation that doesn't impose barriers every time we want to progress good ideas and initiatives," he said."

Earlier today the Government announcement the membership of an advisory group that will help get amending legislation into Parliament.

It has been formed as a result of the support agreement between National and ACT.

Environment Minister Nick Smith said the eight-strong group would provide independent perspectives and analysis as well as acting as a sounding board for any recommendations.

"The Government wants to provide for more efficient decision making on infrastructure, reduce the costs and delays of consenting, speed up planning making process, and restrict trade competition and vexatious and frivolous objections," Dr Smith said.

The group's terms of reference include advising on legislation to be introduced by February 26 and identify other possible reforms.

Auckland barrister Alan Dormer is to chair the group.

Other members include conservationist Guy Salmon, former ACT MP Penny Webster, planning engineer Michael Foster, Tasman District council planning manager Dennis Bush-King, former National deputy prime minister Wyatt Creech, specialist environmental lawyer Paul Majurey and Auckland barrister Mike Holm.

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