Caritas cautions against undermining purpose of RMA

The proposed Resource Management Act ( RMA ) changes must keep promotion of sustainable environmental management as the main purpose of the Resource Management Act, and not use affordable housing as camouflage for significant changes, says Caritas.

The Catholic agency for justice, peace and development, Caritas points out that proposals recognising infrastructure and economic growth alongside environmental impacts run the risk of undermining stewardship and kaitiakitanga – currently key principles included in the Act.

“Decisions about the environment and resource management must take into account their impact on and the needs of people not only in New Zealand, but in other parts of the world and on future generations,” says Caritas Advocacy and Research Manager Lisa Beech. Continue reading

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