COMMENT:

The Government's plan to comprehensively overhaul the Resource Management Act — or at least set in train a process for doing so — is all the more welcome for being so horribly overdue.

The Cabinet paper released this week contains this masterly piece of droll understatement: "There is broad frustration with the quality of RMA plans and processes, the interaction between the RMA and other legislation, the coherence and effectiveness of national direction, and inconsistent engagement with Māori."

Environment Minister David Parker, announcing the review of the resource management system, was more direct: "It takes too long, it costs

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