David Parker’s new Soviet-style central-planning regime is Three Waters 2.0. Despite jettisoning many of Jacinda Ardern’s policies to improve Labour’s chance of re-election in October, the Government is ploughing ahead with reforms to the Resource Management Act. 

We’re now half way through our nation-wide ‘Hands Off Our Homes  – Stop Central Planning Committees’ Roadshow Tour. We’re in Palmerston North tonight for an event being co-hosted with our friends at Federated Farmers. Then we head to Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay and Taupo over the next few days followed by National Fieldays at Mystery Creek. All the event details are listed at www.taxpayersroadshow.nz

You can read some of the local news coverage and watch the video of the Invercargill event here.

Hands off our homes in Bluff

Just like we did for Three Waters, we need to show the Government the strength of feeling against these reforms. You can sign our petition here.

Invercargill event

Yes, the RMA is a terrible piece of legislation that has fuelled a housing and infrastructure crisis by restricting what people can and cannot do on their own land. But these reforms will make the situation much, much worse.

Stop Central Planning Committees!

David Parker proposes to seize powers to set planning rules from local councils and transfer them to unelected, unaccountable regional planning committees working under the direction of the Minister of the Environment in Wellington and a new, unelected National Māori Entity.

Geoffrey, between this and Three Waters, if the Government gets its way, the only thing left for local councils will be libraries and organising the Santa parade! The power won’t be in the hands of those who are democratically accountable.

Centralised ‘Regional Planning Committees’ will have to balance 18 contradictory ‘system objectives’ while also taking account of ‘Te Oranga o te Taiao’ (environmental wellbeing) statements when developing their plans. Competing interpretations of these concepts will likely end up in court.

All this will lead to higher building costs, more red tape, no local control and more co-governance. If you want to stop these reforms in our tracks, add your name to our petition.

Our economist, Ray Deacon, and I presented to the Environment Committee earlier in the year to outline our concerns with the reforms and ask for the bills to be withdrawn. You can watch our submission here. 

Jordan RMA Submission

And we were not alone in our opposition. We have been our working through the thousands of submissions that have been made on the bill from pressures groups like ours to industry organisations, councils to community groups, charities to individuals. The overwhelming majority of the submitters have raised concerns about the bills.

But yet the Government is still pressing ahead. 

As we ramp up our fight to stop Labour’s central planning committees, I am asking you to add your support by signing our petition.

Thank you for your support.

Jordan Williams
Executive Director
New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union