Thursday 21st March
19:00    OUR RMA, NEW ZEALAND’S FUTURE

A public forum exploring the potential local impact of proposed changes to the Resource Management Act
Burns Hall, 415 Lower Moray Place, Dunedin
Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/events/493817020678468
All welcome.
The Government has announced proposed changes to the Resource Management Act. The RMA is a critical piece of legislation that helps our community manage outcomes for both our natural and built environment. Changes to this document will affect everyone, and the Government wants our feedback on their plans by 2nd April (http://www.mfe.govt.nz/rma/reform/phase-two/2013-consultation.html).
Under the proposed reforms:
•         The protection given to landscapes, biodiversity, freshwater fisheries, heritage and recreation is likely to be reduced.
•         The ability for concerned or affected people to take part in RMA processes that affect them will be reduced in some areas, but increased in others.
•         Constructive central guidance and leadership is promised, but there are worrying proposals to remove decision making power from local councils.

Three experts will explain the potential impact of the proposed changes:
•         Rod Oram, political commentator (see also http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/8400307/Oram-A-naked-power-grab)
•         Maree Baker-Galloway, environmental lawyer
•         Eugenie Sage MP, former regional councillor and environmentalist

Key agencies have also been invited to offer their thoughts on the proposed changes, and respond to your questions:
•         Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council
•         Niall Watson, Fish and Game
•         Sue Maturin, Forest and Bird