(1) The Minister may withdraw all or part of a proposed national policy statement at any time before the statement is approved under section 52(2).
(2) The Minister must give public notice of the withdrawal, including the reasons for the withdrawal.
(3) If a board of inquiry has not reported to the Minister under section 51(2) before public notice is given—
(a) withdrawing all matters the board was appointed to inquire into, the board is discharged on and from the date of the notice; or
(b) withdrawing any, but not all, of the matters the board was appointed to inquire into, the board must inquire into and report on only the matters that have not been withdrawn, despite any other section of this Act.
Section 51A: inserted, on 1 October 2009, by section 51 of the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 31).