Environment and Housing Minister Nick Smith has fired the opening salvo in the Government's renewed push to reform the Resource Management Act now that it only needs the vote of David Seymour to pass a new Act. Smith proposed sweeping reforms focused on improving housing affordability by removing obstacles for housing developers. Here's my initial view.
Housing Minister and new Environment Minister Nick Smith has argued in his first public comments about RMA reform since the election that the current Act has been largely responsible for the rapid escalation in house prices in Auckland.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Monday morning, including the fallout from Maurice Williamson's resignation and John Key's reprimand of Judith Key over her attack on Katie Bradford. There's also more debate on Labour's monetary policy.