These are the words of Jon Morgan, farming editor of the DomPost, giving his assessment of the ‘reforms’ of the Resource Management Act (RMA) proposed — and being very hastily consulted upon — by Government. You can read his complete column here.
Illustrating very clearly that the devil is in the details (just as with our Regional Council’s dam plans), Morgan shows precisely how a handful of word changes add up to emasculation of the RMA.
And he notes that not even one month of consultation, which began two days after the ‘reforms’ were announced, is occurring on this hugely important package (submission deadline is April 2nd … details here). So much for a heap of Government rhetoric around their latest buzzword … ‘collaboration’. In terms of their ‘less is better’ philosophy of public consultation, the Government and our Regional Council are two peas in a pod.
“What I see in these proposals is further evidence of the Government’s blinkered approach to building the economy at the expense of all else.
“Yes, we must have progress. But think carefully about the sacrifices being made. The damage of a hasty decision to allow a destructive development will be felt for generations to come.”