Implementation and Review
The proposed NPS is a work in progress. Before it is finalised it will have undergone a public Board of Inquiry and two evaluations of alternatives, benefits and costs under section 32 of the RMA. It will also be subject to a second Regulatory Impact Assessment. The information and findings coming out of the inquiry, and submissions to it, will inform future steps and refinements of the proposed NPS before it is finalised.
Section 53 of the RMA provides the Minister with the flexibility to review, change, or revoke a NPS at his or her discretion. The government will need to monitor the effect of the approved NPS on decisions made under the RMA and will need to consider amendments to some or all of the policies if it fails to address the problem identified with the status quo as expected. Given the implementation timeline of 13 March 2012 for plan changes, it is unlikely that the approved NPS would be subject to a full review prior to 2014.