The Resource Management Act - How We Got It and What Changes are Being Made to It

14 Pages Posted: 17 May 2015 Last revised: 4 Aug 2015

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

At a time when the New Zealand Government is proposing significant changes to New Zealand’s key environmental protection statute the Resource Management Act 1991, one of the architects traces the Act’s origin and history. The Act is based on the principle of sustainable management articulated in the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. This chapter in a book analyses the forces that led to the enactment, particularly the National Development Act 1979. It also canvases weaknesses in the administration of the Act and critiques the Government’s proposals for reform.

Keywords: Resource Management, Environmental Protection, Environment Law, Sustainability

JEL Classification: K10, K32, K30

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, The Resource Management Act - How We Got It and What Changes are Being Made to It (2014). [2014] RM Theory & Practice at 22.; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 83/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2604901

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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