Government Response to ‘Loopy Rules’ ReportLocal Government
Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today released the Government Response to the Rules Reduction Taskforce (RRT) “Loopy Rules” report.
The Taskforce was set up in 2015 to hear from people about what property related rules and regulations stop them from getting on with the job.
“The Taskforce report published in September 2015 provided a wealth of information about rules that New Zealanders found did not make sense or were inconsistently applied,” says Mr Lotu-Iiga.
The report identified 75 opportunities to improve the way rules and regulations are developed and implemented at a local level. Of those, the Taskforce highlighted ‘Top Ten Fixes’ that needed action.
“The Government accepts 72 of those opportunities and work is underway across Government to address them,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says. “The Government Response provides detailed analysis of what actions are being taken now and in the future”.
“Customer service was identified by the Taskforce as an issue for many New Zealanders seeking building and resource consents and generally dealing with property related matters. Many of these customer service issues require culture change at local level and we will work with councils to address this,” says Mr Lotu-Iiga.
“We received valuable feedback from a wide cross-section of New Zealanders. Too many rules and regulations hold our communities back.
“I would like to encourage the public to continue to let us know of any frustrating property related rules they experience by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”
To view the Government Response to the Rules Reduction Taskforce Report and related information, go to: www.rulesreduction.govt.nz.