[31 January] In the wake of the collapse of Project Aqua, the Government is seeking to provide greater certainty and efficiency in the way the RMA operates. The Resource Management and Electricity Legislation Amendment Bill adds more consideration of the ‘national interest’ in RMA decisions, as defined by central government. Forest and Bird and others see the changes as Think Big II, allowing the Government to override local decision making (see Submissions needed on Resource Management Act changes (PDF, 24k)) in favour of infrastructure development. The NZRCA is preparing a submission raising its concerns, and it is recommended that concerned kayakers also take the opportunity to be heard. Submissions close on 16 February 2005, and should be sent (FREEPOST) to Clerk of the Committee, Local Government and Environment Select Committee, Select Committee Office, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. Refer Guidelines on making a submission (PDF, 224k). Update 23 February: The submission period can be extended to 25 February, upon request.