The Government continues to hear concerns that Resource Management Act processes are costly and time-consuming, and the system is uncertain, difficult to predict and highly litigious.

The system is difficult for many to understand and use, and lack of clarity is actively discouraging investment and innovation.

The costs and time of drawn out processes has real consequences. The Government has already delivered significant improvements to the resource management system. Our first stage of reform involved 150 amendments to simplify and streamline the RMA.

Last week, the Government released a discussion document with a comprehensive package of further resource management reforms.

The reforms are about providing greater confidence for businesses to grow and create jobs, greater certainty for communities to plan, and strong environmental outcomes as our communities grow and change.