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Upcoming bill aims to "cut through all the consenting red tape" - Finance Minister

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 5 Mar 2024, 8:25AM
Photo / Mark Mitchell
Photo / Mark Mitchell

Upcoming bill aims to "cut through all the consenting red tape" - Finance Minister

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 5 Mar 2024, 8:25AM

The Government's aiming to start work on fast-tracking consenting. 

A bill's expected to be introduced this week to speed up resource approvals for major infrastructure projects. 

Government representatives believe the process, through the RMA, costs too much and takes too long. 

Finance Minister Nicola Willis told Mike Hosking that they're worried growth's being constrained.  

She says the consenting system ties people up in court, adding costs and uncertainty to major projects. 

When it comes to building projects, doing up Premier House is not at the top of the Government's to do list. 

The Prime Minister won't live at his official residence due to the condition of the building, which is very old in some places. 

Willis told Hosking that the Government has to focus on priorities like transport, housing, hospitals, and classrooms. 

She says Premier House repairs are pretty low down the list. 

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