First stage of RMA reform passes first vote

Cries of Muldoonism rang out across Parliament as the first stage of a bill that reforms the Resource Management Act passed its first vote.

The bill seeks to speed up the consenting process, place a six month time limit on medium sized consents and makes it easier for some issues to be sent to the Environment Court.

Environment Minister Amy Adams says the current delays cause frustration for those wanting to develop our country.

"The costs, uncertainties, and delays of the current Resource Management system are affecting New Zealand jobs, infrastructure and productivity."

Labour MP Grant Robertson says it's a continuation of the Government's centralisation of power.

"And Sir Robert Muldoon would be proud. This National government knows best, it knows better than local communities about how they should look after their resources."

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