Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – Second Reading – Part 4

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – Second Reading – Part 4

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I have another look at it and that concludes questions for our answer I call on government order of the day number one interrupt a debate on the second reading of the resource legislation amendment built the Honorable David Thank You mr. speaker win next Smith entered when the Honorable next Smith spoke to this bill on last Thursday excuse me sir I’m fighting a cold now he said it was necessary because of the housing crisis in Oakland well we know there’s the housing crisis in Auckland but it’s wrong to blame the RMA for that crisis sir the RMA has been enforced since about nineteen ninety two in 2004 when the RMA was enforced there were thirty 1423 consents for new houses in New Zealand in 2016 they’re only twenty-nine thousand nine hundred in Auckland the number went down from 2004 from 12,000 to 9000 the RMA was in force throughout how can it be that next Smith can rip blame the RMA for the housing crisis in Auckland it’s a nonsense sir there is a problem with lack of land supply in Auckland the Labour Party has been saying that for about four or five years we actually promoted it and I think it was a net King made this announcement with David cheer at a conference about five years ago we said we need a national policy statement under the RMA to free up land supply for affordable housing I had a hand in that I remember it sir the RMA should have been the solution or one of the solutions to these problems that shouldn’t be the whipping boy for problems with housing in Auckland and truth the more important solutions and respect of housing involved cracking down on speculators getting the government to roll up sleeves and build a few affordable houses every few decades the Labour Party has to do that and that’s actually in the end the essential component of what decent housing policy we also need to of course been off sure buyers sir it is abundantly clear that the housing crisis in Auckland is no excuse for this deeply flawed piece of legislation last week I was complimenting Minister finlayson and the national government on a wonderful process and respect of the site legislation for the SAS and the GCSB sadly this particular legislation falls on exactly the opposite extreme this is an appalling piece of legislation it’s poorly designed and principal and the detail of it is flawed in so many many ways I I and many others including Sir Geoffrey Palmer have described the regulation making powers that are conferred on ministers under this bill that completely rebalance in favor of the executive the current division of powers between local government and central government and I ask this house who and their right mind would give sweeping executive powers to next Smith to override well the answer that’s right Trump like powers who in their right mind will the answer is the Maori branch of the National Party the Maori Party are pushing this appalling piece of legislation through the house which is opposed by labor it’s opposed by New Zealand first by the Greens by the act party by United future in this terrible piece of legislation which further complicates the RMA will do nothing to improve affordability of housing sir they are pushing this through with their two votes and one in return for and return floor improved participate or e involvement might married in plan making processes and and some consents now you know I don’t have a great objection to those to those provisions they don’t actually add much to what’s happening or what should happen presently because in theory under the RMA everyone’s got the right of participation so why the married party would trade this appalling police of legislation for some minor improvements to marry participation rights well they’ve got to answer that question sir there are three main forms of regulation or executive power that have been granted here the first draconian regulatory powers to override rosen plan which the government deems to be inconsistent with other legislation that they would like to think as a code now this is sir they’re aiming here at GM rules and plans rules against the use of GMOs and specific localities the Labor Party position is that the safety decision should be taken by the EPA under there has no legislation clinical decisions ought to be taken by clinicians not councils but there is an economic decision which is legal for councils to take as to whether they think it’s you it undermines for example their organic apple business and Hawke’s Bay to have GM crops that is the current law they can do that if the government wants to make has no a code they should amend their has no act they shouldn’t give great big regulation making powers executive powers to next Smith it’s similar to the things that they want to say that the building act is a code for insulation and stop colder centers like Dunedin in Christchurch you want to have a more strict code so that their houses are warmer and drier if they want that to be a code in the building act amend the building at don’t give some broad regulation making part of next Smith I don’t trust it have that power sir the other regulation making powers here come through the form to standardize plan formats and rules we agree with standard plan formats and standard definitions it’s common sense but those rules are cast so broadly that they can go to the substance of planned rules not just their format in definition and that goes too far too thirdly the rulemaking powers of the minister are also far too broad sir these powers have been likened by some to the old powers that the mole doing government gave themselves under the national development and to the abuses by the moldering government of regulation making powers under the economic stabilization act 1948 we should never forget in this house that those broad regulation making powers that were given to the executive just after world war two set on the books for decades and were not abused until muldoon came along about three decades later and use the rig nation to impose a price freeze a wage freeze and a rent freeze through executive action by regulation not through this house and this is on this it’s not quite as bad as the economic stabilization act and the regulation making power there under but it’s on that spectrum it’s on that spectrum and I ask again who in their right mind would be handing those powers across to a minister sir other this this legislation was panned by just about everyone even a few people who came and supported they’d say things like well we we support the intent of the bill before criticizing much of its detail take the provision and respective people not being able to have a notice of divisional applications not being notified do you know who are opposed to that the developers the developers they said it’s going too far people should have a right of participation they further said and some of them some of their big developers came along said we more we’re more than one hat here we don’t just develop land we run quarry’s and we impound someone puts the subdivision next to our glory and we’ve gotta know right of participation we get worried because in ten years time those people will be trying to shut down our glory and we need quarries for the gravel for roads they came along and said this is just silly they said abrogating rights of appeal to the Environment Court is rolled too it will encourage stupid conditions from councils that there’s no right of appeal they’ll write fifty conditions instead of 20 and they’ll know be no recourse sir appeal rights are important they’re not just rights that are important to objectors there are also important rights for applicants sir lots of other things wrong with this with this bill sir in terms of some of the underlying problems that we’ve got in society we’ve got the supporting degradation of our waterways eight years after this government came to power seventy percent of monitored waterways have still got increasing concentrations of nitrates their pathetic swimmable standard last week or week before that they announced had no provision relating to parry fightin which most people know as slime no but mr. Smith you’re just wrong you’re spinning again the standard sets there is the old one that set for your way double standard is unchanged for swim over as I’ve said that you wouldn’t answer the question in the house next month I’ve tweeted I put it out the information people know where the truth is and that you have absolutely no credibility you are letting our rivers being used as farm drains you threw away the national policy statement that was available to you when you came into government from Judge Shepherd which said increases in land use intensity should no longer be a permanent activity your next there and what you’ve done since has been completely ineffective and as a consequence we’ve got tens of thousands of people rising up around the country saying we want to be able to swim in our local river in summer putting our head under without getting crook we want to have equi furs where we can use the water drawn from boars to make baby formula without our babies getting sick you can’t do that in South Canterbury now according to the medical officer of Health this is an appalling piece of legislation it’s typical next Smith grandiose and intent and flawed in its detail and it really should go in the trash can maremma folks

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