The future of neighbourhoods in New Zealand

Off the Clock

13-03-2023 • 14 mins

The Future of Neighbourhoods in New Zealand: Insights into the Replacement of the RMA

In this episode, environment and RMA partner Theresa Le Bas shares her insights into the New Zealand government's decision to replace the Resource Management Act (RMA) with three new Acts. One of these is the Natural and Built Environment Bill, which includes several changes that will affect both councils and residents. One of the changes removes protection for private views, meaning that neighbors can construct a development without considering its impact on a resident's view. Additionally, councils will no longer be able to consider adverse effects from social or emergency housing.

While the government is attempting to prevent NIMBYism (Not In My Backyard) with these changes, experts believe it risks preventing the assessment of basic needs, such as adequate play space for children, management of crowding, and provision for personal safety and well-being. To learn more, listen to our latest episode below.