Resource Management and Environment

Supreme Court clarifies King Salmon approach to interpreting directive higher order documents
The principles set out in the King Salmon Supreme Court decision have been the subject of ongoing litigation, most recently in the case of Port Otago Limited v Environmental...
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NBE Bill: what are the other key changes proposed?
Further to our previous articles (on the framework, effects management and Māori involvement), this...
Resource management reforms aim for greater Māori involvement
The resource management reforms proposed by the Natural and Built Environment Bill (NBE Bill)...
NBE Bill introduces changes to effects management approach
The reforms proposed by the Natural and Built Environment Bill (NBE Bill) and the...
National Planning Framework provides guidance on proposed environmental outcomes  
The focus of the new Natural and Built Environment Bill (NBE Bill) and the...
MfE releases draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity
The Ministry for the Environment has now released an exposure draft of the updated...
Freshwater Amendment Report recommends changes to wetland regulations
Last month we provided an overview of the challenges faced by operators navigating the...
Navigating New Zealand’s wetland protection regulations
The National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F) and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater...
Act aims to improve housing supply and simplify consent process
On 20 December 2021 the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment...
Proposed Otago RPS notified – submit by 3 September
Otago Regional Council (ORC) has notified its Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement (RPS), which...
Tighter rules proposed for freedom camping
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released a discussion document outlining...
New approach to vacant sites in Christchurch’s CBD
Christchurch City Council has approved the implementation of a proposed new approach to the...
Single use plastic bags are gone – what’s next?
Following the ban of single use plastic shopping bags in 2019, the Government (through...
Resource Management and Commercial Property: Winter Newsletter
In this edition: Overseas investment changes Tiny home or large vehicle? Resource Management Act...
Proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality
Since the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality (NESAQ) were introduced in 2004 there...
Resource management reform update
The Resource Management Amendment Act 2020 (Amendment Act) received the Royal Assent on 30...
Tiny home or large vehicle? The latest from the District Court
There is currently no nation-wide regulation of the building and occupation of tiny homes. ...
Builders beware, changes won’t negate the need for all consents
The Government has reported that the requirement for building consents under the Building Act...