RM Journal

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (101-1) (RLAB) aimed to neutralise the recently-asserted power of local authorities to include GMOs in their plans and policies. Compromises were made to secure the RLAB’s enactment and, in the result, local authorities have retained their powers to control GMOs, enabling improved public participation on this matter.

Heidi Baillie, Senior Solicitor, Simpson Grierson, Christchurch and Nicola Wheen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, describe the proposed changes in the RLAB, why and how they were dropped, and discuss some interpretation issues with the resulting amended wording of the RMA provisions affecting GMOs.

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