LAWENVIR 401 - Resource Management Law

Credit points: 20 points
Offered: Second Semester
Contact hours: Lectures - 4 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Suzanne Janissen
Prerequisite: LAW 211
Restrictions: LAW 349, 450, 457

Course description

The course focuses on the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the powers and procedures for policy-making, planning and decision-making in respect of land, air and water. The purpose of sustainable management in New Zealand will be assessed in the context of environmental history and reform, current policy and the law. The regulatory powers of central and local government, and the role of government in respect of Maori will be addressed. Natural resource use and development will be examined in the context of the RMA. Resource management issues under regional and district plans, and the Auckland Council Unitary Plan, will be covered. Resource consent applications, practice and procedure before the Environment Court will be studied. Enforcement powers are considered. The course may include several guest lectures.

Content outline

  • Historical UK and contemporary New Zealand environmental issues
  • Resource management policy and reform
  • The Resource Management Act 1991 structure
  • Sustainable management, purpose and meaning
  • Functions of central and local government
  • Māori and resource management, foreshore and seabed issues
  • National environmental standards, national policy statements, NZ coastal policy
  • Regional policy and plans, district and unitary plan preparation and content
  • Heritage protection, public works requirements
  • Natural resource use and development
  • Resource consents, hearing procedures, Environment Court appeals
  • Enforcement, hazardous substances
  • Environmental Protection Authority functions



Prescribed text

Resource Management Law casebook.