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Shane Jones wants fast-track version of Resource Management Act to stay

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Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones wants the fast-track version of the Resource Management Act (RMA) to become the new norm.

The legislation before Parliament would limit public consultation to get some projects started sooner in an attempt to create jobs and stimulate economic activity in the wake of Covid-19.

Jones told RNZ today the RMA has become “calcified” and he “absolutely” wanted to see fast-tracking a permanent fixture.

“It keeps battalions of lawyers and planners and various other busy bodies hired by local government engaged in activity that’s inversely related to economic growth.

“We’ll all learn how we can reform the RMA by actually taking this initial step, and then it will be evident to us how much of the current filigree that passes for statutory process is actually needed at all,” Jones said.

The new fast track process would see resource consents processed in 70 working days, instead of four to six months, but it only has a lifeline of two years.

New Zealand First leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters also wants changes to the RMA but does not agree with Jones, saying at this point fast-tracking should not be permanent.

The RMA is not the only thing Jones took a strong position on when he fronted MPs at select committee this morning to be grilled on his infrastructure and regional economic development portfolios.

Jones told MPs Maui dolphins do not exist, which immediately pricked the ears of Green Party MP Gareth Hughes who responded, “they’re not like the tooth fairy or Santa Claus”.

But Jones was not having a bar of it and doubled down.

“There is no such thing as Maui dolphins – they’re species of Hector’s dolphin.

“It’s like the difference between the Tongans and the Biafrans – they’re both humans,” he said.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage decided Jones needed schooling up and delivered him a book of the Maui dolphin, which he was spotted reading in Question Time this afternoon.

Back at select committee Jones was also taking a swing at Waikato iwi over a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city’s water allowance from the Waikato River.

“It is my view that under no circumstances whatsoever should the Waikato tribe – or any tribe – hold to ransom a third of the country’s population,” Jones said.

With an election around the corner Jones also managed to speak at length about New Zealand First’s desire to move the Ports of Auckland north to Marsden Point.

He said with 80-odd days until the election “not even Superman is capable of moving the port in that period of time” and while he had tried to advance Northport to the next stage it had not happened.

“We secured in the coalition agreement the right to do a study and I’m not going to say anything about (Finance Minister) Grant Robertson at all, that’s what’s in the agreement.

“I’ve tried to advance it to the next stage but the government required further analysis to get done,” he said.

“That analysis was due out in May but unfortunately Covid has inhibited it’s timely completion.”

Jones said he, along with Tauranga and the “entirety of the North” agree the Auckland port should move.

“I just need to get future coalition partners to agree with me,” he said.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Shane Jones ,Come on folks this is a guy that still thinks god put a knob on his junk to prevent his hand from slipping off.
    This is the countries biggest problem ,bloated ,entitled useless arseholes like Jones in charge of billions of hard earned taxpayer dollars that are being used to buy the 2% maggot Peters back into parliament.
    Im sick to death of this shit and Im going to get involved with helping Seymour increase his numbers in Parliament, FFS what have we got to lose?
    At this moment we have absolute shit on both sides of that septic hole in Wellington.

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  2. If the RMA is so bad why did Notional pass it in 1991 with Bolger/Simon Upton (now commissioner for the environment- whatever use that does) then promised in 2008 election to reform it?
    They did nothing.
    Not a fecking sausage.

    At the same time as they passed that RMA noose Notional disbanded the newly formed Auckland Regional Council and left the place with no regional planning.
    They left all the other Regional councils intact- Waikato, Wellington etc.
    Then in 2008 said that Auckland region lacked centralised planning and direction.
    Cunts.
    Then gave us the current shocker Auckland Council with no vote on it.
    Cunts

    The same Bolger outfit at the same time -in the early 1990s- that gave the country leaky homes.

    Bolger should be shot by firing squad for what he did to this country.
    Treason should still carry a death sentence.

    But Notional going on about the RMA.
    Just S T F U

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  3. The Waikato River water holdup is not about the RMA, more the optimistic claim that Iwi own the water. The stall is a hopeful bid to get that bluff through while the water demands of Auckland is topical. A good rainfall event will ease the issue.

    The RMA does not add value when it can be used in such an improper manner.

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  4. The RMA should not be a mechanism for those with other agendas to hamper construction. That’s the problem.

    Many viable projects go under due to legal and professional costs. It also contributes to our outrageous housing costs.

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  5. The Council’s have found a way of making money with the RMA and will fight to keep it to be able to justify the large amount of staff they have. You wait and see if Labour win a second Term the regulations that they have put in to what they say will help the economy but it will return to the same as when or if this corrupt Government wins in September.

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