Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Bill

8 New sections 44B to 44D inserted

After section 44A, insert:

44B Natural hazard information to be included in land information memoranda

(1)

The purpose of this section is to ensure that land information memoranda contain understandable information about the following in relation to land:

(a)

natural hazards:

(b)

impacts of climate change that exacerbate natural hazards.

(2)

A land information memorandum must include—

(a)

the following information, to the extent that it is known to the territorial authority:

(i)

information about each hazard or impact that affects the land concerned:

(ii)

information about each potential hazard or impact, to the extent that the authority is satisfied that there is a reasonable possibility that the hazard or impact may affect the land concerned (whether now or in the future):

(iii)

information about the cumulative or combined effects of those hazards or impacts on the land concerned; and

(b)

any further information required by the regulations to make the information provided under paragraph (a) more understandable.

(3)

The information must be summarised and presented in the land information memorandum in the form required by the regulations (if any).

44C Regional council must provide territorial authority with natural hazard information

(1)

A regional council must, as soon as is reasonably practicable in the circumstances, provide to each territorial authority within or partly within its region—

(a)

the following information, to the extent that it is known to the council, about natural hazards and impacts of climate change that exacerbate natural hazards:

(i)

information about each hazard or impact that affects land in the region:

(ii)

information about each potential hazard or impact, to the extent that the council is satisfied that there is a reasonable possibility that the hazard or impact may affect land in the region (whether now or in the future):

(iii)

information about the cumulative or combined effects of those hazards or impacts on land in the region; and

(b)

any further information required by the regulations to make the information provided under paragraph (a) more understandable.

(2)

The information must be summarised and presented in the form required by the regulations (if any).

44D Territorial authority and regional council protected against certain actions when providing information in good faith

A territorial authority or regional council is not liable in civil or criminal proceedings for making available in good faith,—

(a)

in the case of a territorial authority, information in a land information memorandum under section 44A(2)(a); or

(b)

in the case of a regional council, information to a territorial authority under section 44C.