Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Amendment Bill – Second Read..
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Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Amendment Bill – Second Read..


date and we support this the spill and its second reading I called Jimmy Marco thank you madam Speaker it’s privilege to stand and speak on behalf of New Zealand first on this the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf environmental effects Amendment Bill and o2 will take a relatively short call on this as we proceed this bill through the house I first like to make note of Minister David Parker and thank the Minister for bringing this bill to the house and noting that he mentioned that the original Act this is why this amendment needs to happen had a bit of a shambolic passage through the house but he also noted to his credit that the former chair of the Select Committee actually it was not his fault so that was good to hear that as well it was an overly complex act the original one and definitely more work needs to be done on that and we will be seeing that work come through the house at some later stage I’d also like to acknowledge from the Environment Committee my fellow colleague the Honourable Scott Simpson for your contribution on this bill today appreciate as a new member to the house and have not been here in the previous Parliament your contribution as it as you saw it coming through the house the original acts to thank you for that in fact it’s really a pleasure to work in the environment Select Committee on on pieces of legislation like this where we can work together effectively and collaboratively that’s really something that I’m really enjoying being a part of of that team madam Speaker just noting this build as has been mentioned already by all the previous speakers that says a sensible housekeeping piece of legislation that has a very narrow scope and corrects and error so there is no point delaying the passage through the house it will amend the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf enviromental effects at 2012 and the Minister for the environment will be able to recover the costs of a Board of Inquiry when an applicant applies for a notifiable marine consent now those parts of the board of inquiry they are substantial they can go into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and that’s why madam Speaker it is important that we tidy up this piece of legislation so that the taxpayer the crown doesn’t have to foot the cost of those board of inquiry and costs so as we look through through this piece of legislation as it came in to the Select Committee we noted that we did not seek to have submissions on it but we did hear from the New Zealand law society and their contribution to this piece of legislation although it was asked to be a shortened truncated process it was actually ending up being quite important that the law society the contribution that they made and I note that they pointed out one amendment to this amendment and what will correct across referencing error it is a very tiny tiny very minor cross referencing error but sir wouldn’t it to be a tragedy to have an amendment and then if I have to find another amendment if we didn’t get through this this piece of legislation through the house with this correction so the cross referencing error comes through in number four and section fourteen replacing parts three and four with and then we delete the part three so we’ll just read with three a and four so very tiny amendment there that the law society pointed out which was a very fortunate thing that we did have that period of time where they could make a submission this amendment will enable the Minister for the environment to recover the costs of the board of inquiry but are also will enable the minister to delegate power to the environmental protection authority to recover the real and actual costs on his behalf and that’s a very important part of the process I won’t delay any further my contribution to the house other than noting that the government will be introduced in the range of other short-term changes to the RMA over the next period of over the year and a more comprehensive longer-term view of the resource management system that will be considered next year so people who have been in fact there has been one submission which will have a board of inquiry and the first application in fact to the easy board of inquiry process has recently been lodged so that already is underway but there will be no further once this piece of legislation passes through the house so we cannot penalize people who in fact have played by the rules but this is a cost which will go into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and it’s really great that we’ll be able to get this through the house over the course of the next few days so that there’ll be no further cost burden to the taxpayer the Environment Minister as I mentioned will be introducing more of these amendments as the government proceeds logically to tidy up these other pieces of legislation that needs some technical fix-ups New Zealand first in conclusion mr. speaker supports the economic exclusive economic zone and continental shelf environmental effects amendment bill as being a very sensible piece of housekeeping legislation it’s the first step in correcting a series of legislative mishaps and pointing towards more important work on the Resource Management Act and so I commend this bill to the house I call Erika Stephan Thank You mr. speaker I’m pleased to take a call on the exclusive economic zone

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