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Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

Introduced on May 23. The bill makes a raft of changes to the RMA as campaigned upon by the current coalition parties. Among them are is the hierarchy of obligations contained in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Managements until the NPSFM 2020 is replaced, aligns the consenting pathway for coal mining with other mineral extraction activities, modifies local authority obligations to identify and include in district plans new significant natural areas, amends the Resource Management (Stock Exclusion) Regulations in relation to sloped land and winter grazing regulations and makes amendments to speed up the process to prepare or amend national direction under the RMA. First reading on May 28 under Urgency sent to the primary production committee with the support of National, Act and NZ First.