GotB Submission to Parliament on the COVID-19 Fast Track Consenting Bill

Just recently the GotB Executive prepared a submission to Parliament on the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting) Bill. Our submission, also presented orally by Yvonne Weeber, expressed concern about the lack of consultation with the wider community, the lack of reference to carbon reduction, and the need for a “greater good” context in which decision-making should be made. As much as we support the need for changes in regulation to enable our economic recovery, this should not be used to potentially aid polluters such as Wellington Airport International Limited, to push through environmentally and socially-destructive projects under urgency and without community consultation. Below is the text of our full submission. Submission by Guardians of the Bays to the  COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill   Contact details:  Dr. Sea Rotmann, Chair of the Guardians of the Bays   Email: drsearotmann@gmail.com Summary of our submission Guardians of the Bays wish to make the following comments: The COVID-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting) Bill should not be passed without significant amendments being made. We acknowledge due to COVID-19 the government needs to undertake initiatives to recover the New Zealand economy. However, any initiatives must ensure participation in decision making under the Resource Management Act (1991) Read More …