Last week the Waitangi Tribunal released its report on stage 2* of the National Freshwater and Geothermal Resources inquiry. The report recommends two specific amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 and a number of paths and mechanisms for co-governance and co-management.
We have yet to fully study the report, but in the meantime offer the following information:
- The New Zealand Law Society synopsis of the report, see ‘Waitangi Tribunal freshwater report released’
- An overview of the report's key recommendations by law firm Simpson Grierson: Waitangi Tribunal releases Stage 2 Report on the National Freshwater and Geothermal Resources Claims
(Also look out for the next Simpson Grierson FYI update, in which they promise will take a closer look at some of the key aspects of the report and their potential impact).
*The inquiry was divided into two stages. The stage 1 report was completed in December 2012. This was followed by a period in which the Crown developed its freshwater reforms. The stage 2 hearings were held from November 2016 to November 2018
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