Rāhui Katene, in Committee, to move the following amendments:
These amendments reinstate the decision-making powers of the Minister of Conservation in relation to coastal permits. As noted in the report of the Local Government and Environment Committee, many submitters were opposed to this amendment, including Māori. A ministerial power of veto remains important for protection of the coastal environment.
Clause 133 – This amendment reinstates the provisions of the principal Act, whereby the Environment Court does not have the power to order a party to give security for costs. As noted in the report of the Local Government and Environment Committee, many submitters were opposed to the repeal of the provisions preventing security for costs as it may have the effect of limiting public participation in resource management decision-making to those able to raise security if required.