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On Monday you received an email announcing that the Government has launched public consultation on how central government can support local government decision making on new development in areas that are at high risk from floods, landslides, coastal inundation, or other natural hazards. Monday’s email was sent with an incorrect link to the consultation page. We apologise for this error. The link has now been updated below.
The Ministry for the Environment is seeking feedback on a proposed National Policy Statement (NPS) for Natural Hazard Decision Making to strengthen local decision-making on natural hazards. The proposed NPS would guide all local authorities on how to consider natural hazard risks when making decisions on regional policy statements, regional plans, district plans and resource consents. This work is being progressed under the existing Resource Management Act.
The draft NPS reflects feedback from Māori during pre-engagement on this kaupapa. It also seeks to acknowledge and deliver on the principles of active protection and tino rangatiratanga by requiring decision makers to engage with iwi / Māori early for plan-making processes.
Consultation on these proposals is now open and we encourage those with an interest to make a submission. Click the button below to review the consultation materials and have your say.