Greens must be at table during RMA reform to protect environment

The Green Party welcomes Labour’s commitment to reform the Resource Management Act, but says a Green voice is crucial to ensure the environment is not put at risk.

Green Party Environment spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today:

“Our environment is a taonga, which we have a responsibility to protect. At the same time, we also need to build more affordable, secure homes for people to live in.

“The Green Party is clear that the current RMA is past its used-by date and needs reform.

“However, it is absolutely essential that the Green Party is able to guide these reforms alongside Labour, to ensure that development does not come at the expense of our precious natural heritage, or the ability of the public to have their say.

“During the next Government, the Greens will be the voice at the table arguing for strong, science-based environmental bottom lines. This is critical, given these changes will likely set a framework for the whole country to abide by.

“We have a chance to create planning laws which promote low-emissions, connected urban centres where people can live and work, and flourishing natural environments.

“However, we saw in the proposed RMA Fast Track legislation that Labour was willing to deprioritise environmental protections and public input into decisions.

“The reforms must improve environmental outcomes, not just uphold the status quo. We need to shift to an approach where we seek to undo environmental damage, not just stop it getting worse.

“Any changes must also be done in partnership with tangata whenua, so that Te Tiriti is upheld and matauranga Māori is taken into account.

“We have seen this term that the Greens are the party who will stand up for nature. It’s essential that we remain so as we overhaul such a crucial piece of legislation.”

Latest Environment Announcements

Story

Greens welcome Government plan for law change to better protect nature

The Green Party supports Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan’s announcements today that Government intends to review the Wildlife Act 1953 and pro...
Read More

Story

Phase out PKE as part of climate plan

The Green Party is calling on the Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor to phase out the use of the Palm Kernel Expeller (PKE) on farms to help ...
Read More

Story

Housing legislation needs further changes

The Green Party welcomes changes Parliament’s Environment Select Committee has recommended to Labour and National’s housing legislation but says fu...
Read More

Story

Govt must start phase out of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser

Responding to new research showing the link between cancer and nitrates in drinking water, the Green Party is calling on the Government to immediat...
Read More

Story

No time for half measures - ban import of palm oil by-products

The Government should take urgent action to ban imports of Palm Kernel Expeller and Palm Kernel Meal, the Green Party says.
Read More

Story

Make it a shore thing – Bird of the Year 2021

The Green Party is calling on people to go dotty for dotterel and vote for the New Zealand Dotterel/Tūturiwhatu as Bird of the Year 2021.
Read More