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Resource Management Act

Increasingly the Councils and RMA commissioners are expecting professional assessment of any public health impacts, adverse or otherwise, from new developments and natural resource consents. Quite apart from the ever increasing importance communities place on community level health, this requirement is reinforced by section 5 of the RMA which states:


(1) The purpose of this Act is to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.
(2) In this Act, sustainable management means managing the use, development, and protection of natural and physical resources in a way, or at a rate, which enables people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being and for their health and safety while—

(a) sustaining the potential of natural and physical resources (excluding minerals) to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations; and
(b) safeguarding the life-supporting capacity of air, water, soil, and ecosystems; and
(c) avoiding, remedying, or mitigating any adverse effects of activities on the environment.

There are any number of consent hearings and applications that have failed to be approved, or have resulted in costly re-assessments and design because these important components of sustainable management were not addressed adequately at the approval stage.

It is also clear that significant amounts of resource have been wasted tracking down the wrong path, simply because little is known from the outset about the adverse community health affects that a project might cause.

We are specialists at collecting relevant health information pertaining to a consent application, and providing expert opinion on all public health affects of RMA activities. Our advice may be in relation to drinking water supplies, waste water discharges, health legislation, bio-security, hazardous substances or communicable disease.
We have successfully delivered oral submissions during RMA consent hearings and advised on consent applications in our capacity as designated health officers and now as professional consultants.

If you would like to know more please contact us here