(1) The chief executive may direct any local authority or council organisation to take or stop taking any action, or to make or not to make a decision.
(2) Subsection (1) applies (without limitation) to any action or inaction that is required, authorised, or prevented by or under—
(a) a resource consent that is current or has expired, whether or not the consent has been or is being exercised; or
(b) section 9 or 124 of the Resource Management Act 1991; or
(c) an abatement notice or enforcement order; or
(d) a rule in a plan that permits an activity; or
(e) a designation or heritage order; or
(f) a certificate of compliance under that Act; or
(g) an existing use protected or allowed under section 10, 10A, or 10B of that Act.
(3) Despite subsection (1), the chief executive must not direct any local authority to—
(a) set a rate under section 23 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002; or
(b) take any action or make any decision in relation to rates described in a funding impact statement included in an annual plan or a long-term plan under the Local Government Act 2002.
(4) A local authority or council organisation must comply with directions given under subsection (1).