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Proposed Amendments to the National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities: Evaluation under section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991

Publication date:  November 2016
Publication reference number:  ME 1279

The Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Communications sought feedback between 3 March and 17 April 2015 on proposals to replace the National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities 2008 (NESTF) with the NESTF Regulations 2016. The amendments to these regulations support the development of a wider range of telecommunication infrastructure, particularly Ultra-Fast Broadband, the Rural Broadband Initiative, and fourth generation (4G-LTE) mobile infrastructure.

This document presents the findings of the evaluation of the efficiency, effectiveness and risks associated with the regulations in accordance with section 32 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

This evaluation is based on the preliminary section 32 evaluation of the proposed amendments to the NESTF prepared in March 2015 and has been updated in November 2016 to reflect feedback and further analysis following public consultation on the discussion document.