Introduced on March 14. An omnibus bill to enable emergency response and recovery in the main areas affected by the recent severe weather events. Modelled on legislation used following the Canterbury quakes. It give councils more flexibility to assist to assist recovery and improve resilience. The bill has new powers for the government and councils including overriding other laws such as resource planning. It also modifies statutory timelines for councils and businesses that are not practical to meet. First reading on March 14 with all parties in agreement and sent to the Governance and Administration Committee to be reported back by March 16 (Thursday) and then passed through all stages.