26 Sep 2008

RMA reform wanted under next government

6:30 am on 26 September 2008

The Forest Owners Association says reforming the Resource Management Act should be a priority for any new Government.

The National Party's forestry policy includes a commitment to streamline and simplify the processes of the Resource Management Act to reduce costs, delays and uncertainties.

Association chief executive Peter Berg says reform of the RMA has been a priority for forest owners for a long time.

He says the biggest single issue is the inconsistency of policies on planting applied by councils in different parts of New Zealand.

He says the industry cannot make investment decisions without any confidence. Large time delays often discourage investors also.

The association wants RMA changes to include national standards for normal forestry operations.