Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill

Today the government is introducing the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill to the house.

The Kaikōura eathquakes and associated aftershocks require a number of legislative measures to facilitate recovery. Amending the RMA is one of the measures to help ease regulatory requirements under the Resource Management Act, enabling those undertaking emergency works following the earthquakes to focus on recovery efforts.

The proposed Bill:
• extends the time allowed for agencies and utility network operators to notify relevant councils and retrospectively apply for consents for emergency work undertaken in the aftermath of an earthquake
• permits emergency work done by rural property owners to address earthquake damage, that would previously have required resource consent
• provides legislative certainty to the local councils as they proceed, under emergency powers, to restore the Kaikōura harbour on both the north and south sides.

The government also plans to introduce another Bill to the house this Thursday to propose a process that enables plans and bylaws to be amended by Order in Council.

MfE website link to the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Bill:

Ministers press release:

Regulatory impact statement: