About the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

This page has information on the amendments proposed in 2015 to the Resource Management Act 1991.

Link to the Bill

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (the Bill) was introduced to Parliament on 26 November 2015.

Legislative process

The Bill had its first reading on 3 December 2015 and was referred to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee for consideration. The Bill was reported back by the Select Committee on 6 March 2017.

 The Local Government and Environment Select Committee webpage [New Zealand Parliament website] contains:

Purpose of the Bill

The overarching purpose of the Bill is to create a resource management system that achieves the sustainable management of natural and physical resources in an efficient and equitable way.

The reform package

The Bill comprises around 40 individual proposals aimed at delivering substantive, system-wide improvements to the resource management system.

Summary of the main reform proposals

The second phase of Resource Management Act reform document released by the Minister for the Environment on Thursday 26 November 2015 provides a snapshot summary of the main reform proposals.

The Bill includes a number of proposed amendments to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012. 

See the proposed amendments to the Act 2015 section of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 web page.

Summary of the objectives and policy intent of the Bill

A more detailed summary outlining the objectives and policy intent of the Bill can be found in the General policy statement at the front of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill [New Zealand Legislation website]. 

Departmental disclosure statement

The Ministry is required to produce a departmental disclosure statement. The departmental disclosure statement seeks to bring together in one place a range of information to support and enhance the Parliamentary and public scrutiny of the Bill.

It identifies:

  • the general policy intent of the Bill and other background policy material
  • some of the key quality assurance products and processes used to develop and test the content of the Bill
  • the presence of certain significant powers or features in the Bill that might be of particular Parliamentary or public interest and warrant an explanation.

Regulatory impact statements

The following supporting regulatory impact statements set out in more detail the policy proposals (including costs, benefits, and impacts for government, stakeholders and the wider community) and any alternative options considered.

Cabinet papers

Cabinet papers related to the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill are linked to below.