Resource Management Act 1991

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141B Minister's power to call in matters that are or are part of proposals of national significance
  • (1) When the Minister considers that a matter is or is part of a proposal of national significance, the Minister may call in the matter by making 1 of the following directions:

    • (a) a direction that the matter be referred for decision to a board of inquiry under sections 146 to 149; or

    • (b) a direction that the matter, after the receipt of any submissions that the local authority or the Minister called for, be referred for decision to the Environment Court under section 150AA.

    (2) In deciding whether a matter is or is part of a proposal of national significance, the Minister may have regard to any relevant factor, including whether the matter—

    • (a) has aroused widespread public concern or interest regarding its actual or likely effect on the environment, including the global environment; or

    • (b) involves or is likely to involve significant use of natural and physical resources; or

    • (c) affects or is likely to affect any structure, feature, place, or area of national significance; or

    • (d) affects or is likely to affect more than 1 region or district; or

    • (e) affects or is likely to affect or is relevant to New Zealand's international obligations to the global environment; or

    • (f) involves or is likely to involve technology, processes, or methods which are new to New Zealand and which may affect the environment; or

    • (g) results or is likely to result in or contribute to significant or irreversible changes to the environment, including the global environment; or

    • (h) is or is likely to be significant in terms of section 8 (Treaty of Waitangi).

    Sections 141A to 141C were inserted, as from 10 August 2005, by section 79 Resource Management Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 87). See sections 131 to 135 of that Act as to the transitional provisions.