Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – Second Reading – Part 11

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – Second Reading – Part 11

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are the over the next cause of split called Julie and gender five minutes Turner claim mr. speaker I’ll Seneca 28 Safari um before I came into Parliament I worked as an urban and transportation planner and I’m really passionate about the opportunity we have to create cities that are better for people that protect our environment that make good use of infrastructure that have affordable housing and that ensure that only we’re going to reduce our climate pollution but that we will be more resilient to extreme weather events in the future because the reality is the flooding that we saw in the past few days is something that will be happening more as a result of climate change and we need to have a plan for how we’re going to have infrastructure to deal with that and how it’s going to be funded and our current government is completely neglecting to address those problems and issues this bill is only passing by a very narrow majority and I think that’s a real shame because there have been calls across the board for a review of the Resource Management Act the original architect Sir Geoffrey Palmer called for a royal commission of inquiry to ensure that we had a broad-based evidence-based review of the legislation so that we could improve it and solve some of the ongoing systemic issues with it and the Green Party would support that a royal commission of inquiry but the minister and the national government have been reluctant to engage in a broad-based debate about how we can make resource legislation work better for everyone they want to do it their way and they’re going to do it their way and it’s not a good bill in fact the majority of submitters there were 647 unique submissions on this bill and the vast majority made very similar points Fish and Game New Zealand the environmental environmental defense society forest and bird made similar points to be like Fonterra quarry operators infrastructure operators and may any of them describe the proposed ministerial regulation making powers as excessive so the bill that is before us today is not one that we can vote for its not being supported by the Labor Party or New Zealand first either and I think that the public should be very concerned about the one-sided approach that the national government is taking to reforming resource management law because it is something that affects everyone in this country and New Zealanders do want to protect the environment and they do want planning and resource legislation law to be smoother to operate in a more coherent way and this bill is not going to achieve that and we can see from the great number of submitters that noted huge problems with it that it’s simply not going to solve the problems that the government is claiming it will solve and most notably that is housing affordability the minister claims that housing is unaffordable uniquely because of the RMA and that is just rubbish there a whole number of factors that are influencing house prices some of them have to do with demand and if the government had instituted a capital gains tax on investment properties if they had restricted the sale of real estate to New Zealand citizens and residents that would have helped with housing affordability additionally if they actually pass some laws to protect tenants to ensure there’s a warrant of fitness on rental properties that would help reduce house prices and address the issues which is people to have enough money to afford a place to live whether they’re renting or buying in Auckland and finally they could be improving planning rules so one of my greatest passions is improving planning rules and I wish that the minister understood just how much the land supply problem is related to unhelpful planning rules that prohibit increased density from being provided because nothing in this bill is going to address that nothing in this bill is going to address that in fact the minister constantly conflates issues with planning rules with the RMA the planning rules are determined by councils and if the minister used national policy statements and national environmental standards to a greater degree and I undertook the sort of consultation that’s needed then we might have better planning rules and finally the Green Party would support a national policy statement on urban designed to ensure that we have high quality people oriented Urban Development it also needs to be championed by the public sector we need a public sector led development agency just look at Hobsonville the highest quality development that’s happened in Auckland recently is in Hobsonville it was led under the Labour government with the local council public-private partnership but master planned and that’s what we need more of an Auckland not this are the Honorable Ruth Dyson the suspect has been

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