Webcast : RMLA Implementation Road Show
The purpose of the RMLA’s implementation National Road show is to focus on how to successfully apply new environmental and planning law on the ground and create a better future. Each panel will take a deep dive into critical factors for successful implementation and fresh perspectives for implementation approaches under a new environmental management system, drawing on local knowledge and experience to generate ideas of national application.
Resource management reform is currently front of mind for all practitioners, and also for many members of the public. The conversation so far has been heavily focused on the design of new legislation; the words on the page. However, the failure of the RMA to live up to expectations cannot just be chalked down to the statutory framework. Implementation failure is a key contributor, some consider the main contributor. Some of the current regime’s central features – like environmental limits and Te Ao Māori concepts – are also areas where implementation is most challenging. And these concepts are signalled to have an increased role under the new law. This means that if implementation is not tackled in parallel to preparing new legislation there is a real risk we will continue to see poor outcomes for the natural environment and development alike.