The Government plans to repeal the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1991. The reforms will result in significant changes to the existing resource management system, and will have a number of implications for councils, particularly in respect of planning processes and decision making.

The three new pieces of legislation which will replace the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1991 are: 

  • the Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA), 
  • the Spatial Planning Act (SPA) Managed Retreat, and 
  • the Climate Change Adaptation Act (CAA).

Latest information from the Government

Information on the resource management reform process is available on the Ministry for the Environment's website.

Updates from Taituarā

5 October 2021 media release: Updates on climate change work at the Ministry for the Environment
The Ministry for the Environment is working on an array of climate change adaptation-related plans, legislation and guidelines which have direct relevance to local government. We outline some important developments.

9 August 2021 media release: Reflections on Resource Management Reform at the Environmental Defence Society Conference - Our Senior Advisor, Grace Hall, recently attended the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) Conference in Ōtautahi Christchurch. The theme Transforming Aotearoa, was focused on the Government’s environmental reform agenda.

9 August 2021 media release: Submission on the exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Act - Taituarā has recently submitted on the exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA). The NBA will be the main replacement of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The exposure draft sets out some, but not all the clauses that will be contained in the full Bill.

30 June 2021 media release: Natural and Built Environments Act exposure draft - On Tuesday 29 June 2021 the Government released the exposure draft of the Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA). The NBA will be the main replacement for the Resource Management Act once enacted and is central to the reform of the resource management system.

14 June 2021 media release: Taituarā Resource Management Reform Reference Group appointed - Taituarā is pleased to announce that it has now appointed its Resource Management Reform Reference Group (RMRG). The purpose of the RMRG is to help Taituarā identify and advise on issues with the package of reform proposals that have potential to impact significantly on local authorities, and in particular their ability to operationalise the three new pieces of legislation that are proposed to replace the Resource Management Act 1991: the Natural and Built Environments Act, the Spatial Planning Act, and the Climate Change Adaptation Act.

19 May 2021 media release: Natural and Built Environments Act exposure draft: out for consultation soon - The Government’s reform of the resource management system is continuing to progress apace. The ‘first cab off the rank’ is an Exposure Draft of the Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA) – the core piece of legislation to replace the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA).

18 May 2021 media release: Contributing to the Resource Management Act reform process - At Taituarā we are committed to ensuring the very best outcomes from the reform of Aotearoa's 30-year-old Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Although the RMA is a key driver of much that happens in local government and our communities, it is urgently in need of a major overhaul to enable our nation to address new challenges going forward. Ways to contribute to this enormously important and wide-reaching programme of reform include joining our Resource Management Reform Reference Group (RMRG) as well as engaging through a dedicated Discussion Group.

23 April 2021 media release: Reforming the Resource Management Act - The Government’s reform of the Resource Management system is progressing at pace with three new Bills expected to replace it by the end of 2022.