Tag: Exposure Draft

Inquiry on the Natural and Built Environments Bill: Parliamentary Paper – Report of the Environment Committee (Published 01:11:2021)

The Environment Committee Report the Exposure Draft has been released.

You can download a copy of the Report from here:

The link to the Parliamentary web site is the following:

“Exposure draft submission highlights heritage” Oculus article by Elizabeth Pishief

The following is the text of an article by Elizabeth Pishief that appeared in Oculus (September 2021).

I was part of a working group of HPA and ICOMOS New Zealand members that prepared a joint submission to the Environment Committee Inquiry on the ‘exposure draft’ of the Natural and Built Environments Bill (NBE Bill) and the associated parliamentary paper.

This bill is intended to replace the Resource Management Act 1991, which no longer adequately protects the natural or cultural environment while allowing for appropriate development.

We collectively believe cultural  heritage in its many forms (eg, archaeological sites, cultural  landscapes, buildings, objects, wāhi tapū, and wāhi tūpuna places) provides an understanding of New Zealand’s development, and the sense of place and connection between people and their environment that contribute to individual and national wellbeing.  We think that replacing ‘historic heritage’ with the  term ‘cultural heritage’  better reflects the  breadth of our current  and evolving heritage  including intangible  heritage such as sacred mountains and recent built heritage like post-war/early modernist buildings. It is crucial Parliament hears how ordinary people and communities value cultural heritage.


“Exposure draft for the Natural and Built Environments Act” Has Been Released (29 June 2021)

The RMA Reform Exposure Draft has been released.

Details etc can be found at the following link:

The Ministry of the Environment has the following explanation:

"About the exposure draft for the Natural and Built Environments Act 

The proposed Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA) will be the main replacement for the Resource Management Act (RMA) once enacted. It is central to the reform of the resource management system.

The Government has released an exposure draft of the NBA. The exposure draft is being presented  to Parliament and then referred to a select committee inquiry process."

"Opportunities for public feedback

There will be two opportunities for public feedback on the NBA as part of select committee processes.

"First opportunity for public feedback