Two of the Government’s support parties have refused to back proposals to overhaul planning laws.
The Maori Party and UnitedFuture say a revamp of the Resource Management Act goes too far and no longer protects the environment.
The changes were announced by Environment Minister Amy Adams last month at the National Party’s annual conference. The Government wants to cut the cost of building and argues the present consenting processes take too long and are costly, slowing developments.
Adams wants to shake up part two of the RMA, which puts in place environmental safeguards.
Without the minor party support, the Government no longer has the numbers to pass the legislation.
Maori party co-leader Tariana Turia and UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne wrote to Adams to outline their concerns.
It seems a bit strange that it has taken four weeks for them to decide their stance.
The proposed law changes need either one of those two parties on board, or NZ First. If they can’t get any of them, well that is how minority Government works – you don’t always get your way.