Protecting New Zealand's Environment: An Analysis of the Government's Proposed Freshwater Management and Resource Management Act 1991 Reforms

67 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2013 Last revised: 24 Feb 2015

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 30, 2013

Abstract

This report has been prepared at the request of the New Zealand Fish and Game Council in response to the Government’s announced proposals to amend the Resource Management Act 1991 and reform freshwater management. It analyses the nature, extent and implications of those proposals for the protection of New Zealand’s natural environment and its recreational enjoyment by all New Zealanders.

I have concluded that the environmental protection offered by the Act will be weakened by the passage of the Government’s proposed changes. No amount of assertion or assurances given can alter that analytical fact. Further, the journey to finding out the precise consequences of the changes will be long, expensive and uncertain.

Keywords: Resource Management Act, Fish and Game, environmental law, New Zealand, environmental protection

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, Protecting New Zealand's Environment: An Analysis of the Government's Proposed Freshwater Management and Resource Management Act 1991 Reforms (September 30, 2013). New Zealand Fish & Game, 2013; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2344043

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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