Policy direction

Heading: replaced, on 18 September 2012, by section 39 of the Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 (2012 No 73).

56 Responsible Minister provides leadership through national policy direction

(1)

The responsible Minister must make a national policy direction. It is to be the only national policy direction, but it may be amended or revoked and replaced.

Purpose

(2)

The purpose of the national policy direction is to ensure that activities under this Part provide the best use of available resources for New Zealand’s best interests and align with one another, when necessary, to contribute to the achievement of the purpose of this Part.

Good neighbour rules

(3)

The national policy direction must contain directions on the setting of good neighbour rules in regional pest management plans.

Timing requirements for determination under section 100E(3)

(4)

The national policy direction must contain directions on the time within which the Minister or council must make a determination under section 100E(3).

Directions

(5)

The national policy direction may include directions on—

(a)

the process for making plans or small-scale management programmes:

(b)

the content of plans or small-scale management programmes:

(c)

any other matter that the responsible Minister considers necessary.

(6)

The following are examples of the matters on which directions may be given:

(a)

the circumstances in which it is or is not appropriate to use plans or small-scale management programmes:

(b)

the development of plans or small-scale management programmes:

(c)

the implementation of plans or small-scale management programmes:

(d)

the monitoring of plans or small-scale management programmes:

(e)

the review of plans or small-scale management programmes:

(f)

the relationship of plans with one another:

(g)

the relationship of small-scale management programmes with one another:

(h)

the relationship between plans and small-scale management programmes:

(i)

the achievement of appropriate consistency between plans and instruments under other enactments:

(j)

the achievement of appropriate consistency between small-scale management programmes and instruments under other enactments:

(k)

the transitional arrangements that are necessary for plans or small-scale management programmes to conform with the national policy direction.

(7)

Before including a direction under subsection (5), the Minister must have regard to the extent to which the direction is likely to—

(a)

achieve the purpose of this Part and of the national policy direction:

(b)

affect the flexibility of instruments or measures under this Part:

(c)

affect the timeliness of decisions made under this Part:

(d)

improve national consistency among instruments made under this Part:

(e)

affect the accountability of decision-makers, including the accountability of local decision-makers to their communities of interest:

(f)

affect any other matter that the Minister considers relevant.

Section 56: replaced, on 18 September 2012, by section 39 of the Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 (2012 No 73).