16 June 2020 – COVID-19 Recovery Bill fast tracked to support economic recovery

Type of Intervention: Regulation
Sectors Involved: Environment
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Finance policy and financial aid; Stimulus packages and financial support
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Minister for Environment

Overview: Government announces fast-track consenting process of the Resource Management Act to get ‘shovel-ready’ project up and running quickly to support economic recovery
Full details here: https://www.mfe.govt.nz/rma/bill-to-fast-track-projects

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Type of Justification: Public Opinion (e.g. consultations, opinion polling), Historical precedent of supporting rapid approval of projects in the wake of crisis
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: This supports the Government’s objectives for economic, environmental and social wellbeing. The new Act will have a ‘sunset clause’ meaning it will be repealed two years from enactment.