urges more power for iwi
After decades of successive Waitangi Tribunal reports highlighting the failings of the Resource Management Act, a review panel has put forward a raft of changes - including strengthening the Te Tiriti clause - to give iwi more power in environmental law.
A report into the Resource Management Act, conducted by a review panel led by retired Court of Appeal judge Tony Randerson, has proposed scrapping the RMA.
The report highlighted that "despite the large number of provisions in the RMA designed to provide for Māori interests, these have not been implemented to enable mana whenua to engage meaningfully in the resource management system".
Among the failings of the RMA for Māori recognised in the report are a weak Te Tiriti clause which requires the principles of the Treaty to be "taken into account".