Policy announcement on the Resource Management Act, with ACT Leader,

David Seymour

Tuesday 29 November, 7.30am – 9.30am

Policy announcement from David Seymour


With election year just around the corner, the battle to control the Treasury benches is heating up and it’s looking like a nail-biter!

While the Chamber is strictly apolitical, we’re pleased to host ACT Leader, David Seymour who will deliver a major policy announcement on the Resource Management Act.

David’s address will be the first installment in an election policy series where the political parties in Parliament will be invited to share their resource management plans for Auckland.

The series is an opportunity to hear first-hand from the political parties in the lead-up to the election and join in a live Q&A – complete with Cordis scones, tea, and coffee.

The event’s details are:

Date: Tuesday 29 November
Time: 7.30am – 9.30am
Location: Jade Room, Cordis Auckland

Since 1991 the Resource Management Act has been one of the most frustrating and hotly debated pieces of legislation New Zealand has seen. It should enable progress while also protecting the environment, but it’s fundamentally flawed. Too many people can object to too many things on too many grounds, even if they are not directly affected.

With their Natural and Built Environments (NBE) Act and Spatial Planning Act, Labour had an opportunity to address these underlying problems. Unfortunately, they have reproduced an eerily similar scheme where local authorities trade off a series of vague and diverse values to work out what you can do on your land. ACT says that what we need is a property rights-based system of resource management. The simple principle is that the law should exist to preserve the enjoyment of property, not to make sure the use of property accords with nebulous objectives expressed through central planning.

We hope you’ll join us for a discussion of what real change would look like, as we prepare our campaign to deliver that change next year.


David Seymour
Act Leader

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