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Resource management publications

Resource management and Resource Management Act publications are grouped as:

The Urban Leader

The Urban Leader is the Ministry for the Environment's newsletter for members of the Urban Design Protocol and Urban Design Champions

Call in publications

Name Date Reference
Draft Report and Decision of the Board of Inquiry into the Turitea Wind Farm Proposal February 2011  
Board of Inquiry Upper North Island Grid Upgrade Proposal - Draft Report and Decision May 2009 TP 1, TP 2, TP 3
Might River Power's proposal for a new wind farm at Turitea, near Palmerston North January 2009 INFO 362
Contact’s proposal for a new wind farm ‘Hauāuru mā raki’ – Waikato Wind Farm

September 2008

INFO 313
Contact Energy Limited Te Mihi geothermal Power Station Project: Final Decision Report September 2008  
Contact Energy Limited Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station Project: Summary of Submissions April 2008 ME 874
Contact’s proposal for a new geothermal power station at 'Te Mihi' February 2008 INFO 247
Unison’s proposal for a wind farm near Te Waka February 2008 INFO 248

Publications on Transpower’s North Island Grid Upgrade Project and reports prepared for the Board of Inquiry

Name Date Reference
Section 42A Report - Transpower New Zealand Limited North Island Grid Upgrade January 2008  
Transpower Upper North Island Grid Upgrade Proposal - List of Submissions December 2007  
Transpower’s North Island Grid Upgrade Project – proposal for a new electricity transmission line August 2007 INFO 219

 

Publications for the public and business

General RMA publications for the public and business | Applying for a resource consent | Having your say on a resource consent application | Getting involved in the council plan and plan preparation process | Getting involved in the designations process

Please note: some RMA publications listed below have not yet been updated to reflect changes in processes arising from the Resource Management Amendment Act 2009.  Care should be exercised in reading and using the information in these guides. 

The Ministry has developed a series of fact sheets that summarises the Resource Management Act (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Act 2009.

General RMA publications for the public and business

Name Date Reference
The Direct Referral Process – Information for Applicants September 2013 INFO 694
The Direct Referral Process – Information for Submitters September 2013 INFO 693
National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health: Information for landowners and developers
June 2012
ME 650
Keep our bays beautiful June 2011 INFO 609
Measuring and reporting water takes: An introduction to the Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations 2010 October 2010
(Updated July 2011)
INFO 617
Environmental standards for telecommunication facilities in your neighbourhood: Information for householders June 2010 INFO 518
An Everyday Guide to the Resource Management Act Series December 2009 ME 955 - 969
Resolving Resource Management Act Concerns December 2009 ME 956
Your Guide to the Environment Court December 2009 ME 967
You, Mediation and the Environment Court December 2009 ME 968
The Environment Court: Awarding and Securing Costs December 2009 ME 969
A beginner's guide to resource and building consent processes under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Building Act 2004 June 2008  
Your Guide to the Resource Management Act August 2006 ME 766
Thinking of starting a business? August 2006  
Quarrying and the Resource Management Act June 2002 ME 451
Poultry Production and the Resource Management Act June 2002 ME 450
Pigs and the Resource Management Act June 2002 ME 449
Thinking of buying a property? June 2001 ME 392
Thinking about living in the country? June 2001 INFO 18

* Please note that these documents were published some time ago and may not reflect current practice or law. They are kept here for your reference, but should be used with care.

Applying for a resource consent

Name Date Reference
Applying for a Resource Consent December 2009 ME 959
Consultation for Resource Consent Applicants December 2009 ME 960
Appearing at a Council Resource Consent Hearing December 2009 ME 963
A Guide to Preparing a Basic Assessment of Environmental Effects August 2006 ME 767

Having your say on a resource consent application

Name Date Reference
Your Rights as an ‘Affected Person’ December 2009 ME 961
Making a Submission about a Resource Consent Application December 2009 ME 962
Appearing at a Resource Consent Hearing December 2009 ME 963
Effective participation in resource consent processes: A guide for Tangata Whenua March 2005 ME 588

Getting involved in the council plan and plan preparation process

Name Date Reference
Making a Submission about a Proposed Plan or Plan Change December 2009 ME 965
Appearing at a Council Plan or Plan Change Hearing December 2009 ME 965
Effective participation in resource consent processes: A guide for Tangata Whenua March 2005 ME 588

Getting involved in the designations process

Name Date Reference
The Designation Process December 2009 ME 964
Making a Submission about a Resource Consent Application December 2009 ME 962
Appearing at a Council Resource Consent Hearing December 2009 ME 963

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Publications for RMA practitioners

Name Date Reference
Managing Environmental Effects of Onshore Petroleum Development Activities (Including Hydraulic Fracturing): Guidelines for Local Government March 2014 ME 1145
Tree protection in urban environments December 2013 INFO 704
A Guide to Section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991 December 2013 ME 1135
Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 Fact Sheets August 2013 INFO 691A-691G
Resource consent process for notified/limited notified applications (flowchart) January 2011 INFO 575
Resource consent process for non-notified applications (flowchart) January 2011 INFO 574
Maori values supplement December 2010 Part D of ME 679
Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 Implementation Guidance June 2010 ME 1020
Resource Consent Processing: Showcasing Best Practice Case Studies June 2010 INFO 519-521
The Trustpower Wairau River Hydro Power Proposal

October 2009

Ref. CR 77
Resource Management Amendment Act 2009 Fact Sheets September 2009 INFO 434A - 434I
Climate Change Adaptation and Second Generation RMA Plans September 2008 INFO 314
Making Good Decisions – Climate Change Effects December 2007 INFO 242
Resource Consent Analysis November 2006 ME 779
Survey of Practitioners: Making Good Decisions Programme August 2006 CR 7
Repealed and Transitional Provisions: Guide to Marine Farming Consent Conditions for Deemed Coastal Permits June 2006 ME 763
Planning for Development of Land on or Close to Active Faults: A guideline to assist resource management planners in New Zealand December 2004 ME 565
Review of the Effectiveness of Iwi Management Plans: An Iwi Perspective July 2004 CR 36
Guidelines for Consulting with Tangata Whenua under the RMA: An Update on Case Law * December 2003 ME 496
A Guide to Designations under the Resource Management Act 1991 * September 2003 ME 651
Drafting Issues, Objectives, Policies and Methods in Regional Policy Statements and District Plans * July 2003 ME 482
Whakamau ki Nga Kaupapa - Making the best of iwi management plans under the Resource Management Act 1991 June 2003 ME 395
Acting together - Links between the HSNO Act and the RMA June 2003 ME 646
Ngai Tahu: Statutory Acknowledgements December 2002 ME 644
The Hazardous Facility Screening Procedure training manual March 2002 ME 645
Keeping it fair: a guide to the conduct of hearings under the Resource Management Act 1991 *

July 2001

ME 399; ME 399A

Effective and enforceable consent conditions * June 2001 ME 388
Managing radio frequency emissions under the Resource Management Act: An Overview December 2000 INFO 12
National guidelines for managing the effects of radio frequency transmitters December 2000 ME 377
Striking a Balance: A Practice Guide on Consultation and Communication for Project Advocates * September 1999 ME 327
Ngai Tahu Statutory Acknowledgements: A Guide for Local Authorities * May 1999 ME 314
Pre-Hearing Meetings: A Practical Guide for Councils * March 1999 ME 310

* Please note that these documents were published some time ago and may not reflect current practice or law. They are kept here for your reference, but should be used with care.

See also: Publications for particular topic areas.

The Quality Planning website library also provides access to publications of interest to RMA practitioners from a variety of organisations.

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Publications relating to central government work

National policy statements and national environmental standards | Aquaculture | General RMA improvement and implementation | RMA monitoring and research

National policy statements and national environmental standards

Name Date Reference
Users' Guide: National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health April 2012 ME 1092
Proposed National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity Summary of Submissions December 2011 ME 1075

National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011: Implementation Guide

November 2011 ME 1079

National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011: Implementation Guide

November 2011 ME 1077
Proposed National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health: Evaluation under Section 32 of the Resource Management Act September 2011 ME 1070

Cost-benefit Analysis of the Proposed NES for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health

May 2011 CR 112
Regulatory Impact Statement – Cost-benefit Analysis of the Proposed NES for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health May 2011  
National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 May 2011 INFO 598
National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011– Evaluation under Section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991 May 2011 CR 111
Regulatory Impact Statement – National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 May 2011  
Summary of the Board of Inquiry's recommendations and the Minister for the Environment's decision on the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 May 2011 ME 1052
National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011 April 2011 INFO 599
National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation – Evaluation under Section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991 March 2011 CR 109
Regulatory Impact Statement – National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Statement March 2011  
Cabinet paper: National Policy Statement on Renewable Electricity Generation April 2011  
Board of Inquiry Report on the proposed National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation

March 2010

 
Summary of the Board of Inquiry’s recommendations and the Minister for the Environment’s decision on the National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011 April 2011 ME 1049
Proposed National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry:
Discussion Document
September 2010 ME 1025
Preliminary Cost Benefit Analysis: Proposed NES for Plantation Forestry June 2010 CR 96
Report and Recommendations from Board of Inquiry on the Proposed National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management February 2010 CR 86
Proposed National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Soil Contaminants in Soil Discussion Document February 2010 ME 977
Guidance on National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities January 2010  
National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission: Implementation Guidance for Local Authorities January 2010 ME 988
National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission: Further Guidance on Risks of Development near High-voltage Transmission Lines January 2010
(updated December 2012)
ME 1106
National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities Users' Guide November 2009 ME 975
Draft Users' Guide: National Environmental Standard for Sources of Human Drinking Water May 2009 ME 936
Proposed National Environmental Standard for On-site Wastewater Systems Report on submissions April 2009 ME 930
Scope of a National Policy Statement on Urban Design: Report on Submissions March 2009 ME 927
National Environmental Standards for Telecommunications Facilities Resource Management Act Section 32: Analysis of the Costs and Benefits August 2008 ME 901
Proposed National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2008 Section 32 Evaluation August 2008 MF 889
Proposed National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2008 August 2008 INFO 306
Regulatory Impact Statement: Proposed National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2008 August 2008  
Scope of a National Policy Statement on Urban Design: Background Paper August 2008 ME 899
Finding the Balance: Managing Fresh Water in New Zealand July 2008 ME 888
Proposed National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management Section 32 Evaluation July 2008 ME 893
Proposed National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management July 2008 INFO 295
Proposed National Environmental Standard for On-site Wastewater Discussion Document July 2008 ME 890
Consultation on a proposed new regulation for on-site wastewater systems July 2008 INFO 294
Cost–benefit Analysis for a National Environmental Standard for Water Measuring Devices May 2008 CR 34
Proposed National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission: Report on Submissions May 2008 ME 878
National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission - Evaluation under Section 32 of the Resource Management Act March 2008 ME 869
National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission March 2008  
Proposed National Environmental Standard for Telecommunications Facilities: Report on Submissions October 2007 ME 839
National guidance under the Resource Management Act October 2007 INFO 226
Proposed National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission: Discussion Document October 2007 ME 837
Proposed National Environmental Standards for Telecommunications Facilities: Discussion Document June 2007 ME 812
Proposed National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission May 2007 INFO 194
Proposed National Policy Statement on Electricity Transmission Evaluation under Section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991 May 2007 ME 807
Updated Users Guide to Resource Management (National Environmental Standards Relating to Certain Air Pollutants, Dioxins and Other Toxics) Regulations 2004 (Including Amendments 2005) (second draft) October 2005 ME695
Improving the RMA and Environmental Standards November 2004 INFO 77

Aquaculture

Name Date Reference
Aquaculture Reform 2004 - An Overview January 2005 INFO 83

General RMA improvement and implementation

Name Date Reference
Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 Fact Sheets August 2013 INFO 691A-691G
Resource management summary of reform proposals 2013 August 2013 ME 1119
Improving our resource mangement system: summary of submissions August 2013  
National Monitoring System for the Resource Management Act 1991 – A proposal for discussion June 2013 ME 1116

Improving our resource management system: A discussion document

February 2013 ME 1103
Monitoring and Review Project – Gap Analysis June 2012 CR 133
Monitoring and Review Project - Case Studies of National Monitoring Frameworks April 2012 CR 132
Monitoring and Review Project – Stocktake of RMA Monitoring Across Selected Agencies May 2012 CR 131
Monitoring and Review Project – Report for Needs Analysis December 2011 CR 130
Report of the Minister for the Environment’s Resource Management Act 1991 Principles Technical Advisory Group July 2012 CR 125
Building competitive cities: Reform of the urban and infrastructure planning system - Summary of submissions June 2011 CE 114
Building competitive cities: Reform of the urban and infrastructure planning system - A discussion document October 2010 ME 1021
Building competitive cities Reform of the urban and infrastructure planning system - A technical working paper October 2010 ME 1029
Phase II Reform Of The Rma Notices Of Requirements And Outline Plans - Analysis June 2010 CR 144
Analysis of timeframes for the development of policy statements and plans under the Resource Management Act 1991 December 2008 CR 143
Development of Standard Definitions for Common District Plan Terms August 2008 CR 142
First Schedule Process - Time and costs July 2008 CR 141
Schedule One Process – Plan Changes: Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation July 2008 CR 140
Urban design controls and city development in a New Zealand context: reflections on recent experiences in Auckland's urban core July 2008 CR 139
Cost Recovery Policy for Proposals of National Significance: Sections 140–150AA of the Resource Management Act (PDF, 249 KB) March 2007 ME 800
Research into the use of designations March 2006 CR 138
Resource Management Amendment Act 2005 information sheets August 2005 -
Improving Processes for Making Plans & Policy Statements under the Resource Management Act 1991 August 2004 CR 137
Improving the RMA - a progress report on achievements May 2004 INFO 58
Fixing the Resource Management Act October 2003 INFO 40
Managing Vegetation Disturbance under the RMA: The Way Forward: Forestry and the RMA October 1999 ME 330
Land Use Control Under the Resource Management Act: Analysis of Submissions September 1998 ME 287
Land Use Control Under the Resource Management Act April 1998 ME 278

RMA monitoring and research

Name Date Reference

Assessment of Christchurch City Council's Resource Management Planning and Consenting Delivery

December 2013 CR 175
A Study Into the Use of Prosecutions Under the RMA 1991, 1 July 2008 - 30 September 2012 October 2013 ME 1125
Investigation of the Performance of Environment Canterbury under the Resource Management Act & Local Government Act February 2010 CR 84
Section 24A RMA Investigation of the Consent Processing Performance of the Far North District Council: An Investigation of the Council’s Performance in the 2007/08 year February 2010 CR 83
Discount Regulations: Issues and Options Paper January 2010 ME 1000
A study into the use of prosecutions under the RMA 1991, 1 May 2005 - 30 June 2008 March 2009 ME 929
A Review of Council RMA Resource Consent Processing Performance: Round One January 2008 ME 845
A Review of Council RMA Resource Consent Processing Performance: Round Two January 2008 ME 851
Survey of Local Authorities Biennial

various

Environment Court Decisions January to June 2004 February 2006 ME 713
A Study into the use of Prosecutions under the Resource Management Act 1991 1 July 2001 - 30 June 2005 February 2006 ME 712
The Use of Officer Reports by Decision-makers January 2005 ME 576
The Use of Limited Notification January 2005 ME 575
Infringement Notices: Are they working? January 2005 ME 574
Reducing the Delays: Enhancing New Zealand’s Environment Court March 2003 ME 464
Streamlining RMA Approvals for Land Transport Projects: A study of delays in major roading projects February 2003 ME 435
Managing Rural Amenity Conflicts February 2000; March 2001 ME 372; ME 372A

See also: State of the environment publications

Older RMA monitoring and research

Please note that the following documents are based on older research and this should be kept in mind when referring to them. In some cases, more recent research reports may be available above.

Name Date Reference
A Study Into the Use of Prosecutions Under the RMA 1991 May 2002 ME 440
A Study into the Use of Infringement Notices Under the RMA 1991 April 2002 ME 434
Resource consent durations and reviews September 2000 ME 361
The impact of development on rural landscape values July 2000 ME 354
Proposed plan submission analysis May 2000 ME 347
The private plan change report April 2000 ME 346
Resource Management Practice and Performance: Are desired environmental outcomes being achieved at least cost? – A case study of farm dairy effluent management October 1999 ME 329
Resource Management Act Practice and Performance: Are Rules Achieving the Desired Environmental Outcomes? June 1998 ME 275
Resource Management Act Practice and Performance: Time Delays in Processing Resource Consents - Case Study on Telecom's Applications June 1998 ME 274

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