Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill that cut corners on environmental safeguards and public consultation

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations.

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today:

“Although the bill was put forward with good intent, and the Greens have worked constructively throughout to improve it, in the end we could not support it. The bill aims to fast-track some large scale projects, but sacrifices public input, council decision making, and a thorough consideration of the environmental impacts.

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