Positive change to come from Southern Rules Reduction Taskforce meetings

Waitaki news
Monday, March 9, 2015

Pictured: Rules Reduction Taskforce member Ian Tulloch, of Gore, and Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie, listen as Taskforce co-chair and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean, outlines the information gathering process of the taskforce to a meeting in Invercargill.

Government Rules Reduction Taskforce co-chair and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she believed positive change would follow the new taskforce’s fact-finding work around the country.

The taskforce’s first public meetings were held in Southland yesterday and she said the response from builders, councils, business people and home owners had been overwhelming. 

“These meetings have been hugely productive. We’re hearing information directly from those affected.

“The details they provide will help the taskforce give advice to the Government about which rules should be fixed, and which are unnecessary and should be removed.

“I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity which will bring about huge advantages for property owners, builders, tradespeople and businesses across the country.

“It’s about getting rid of the stupid rules and regulations that affect people’s lives, adding delays and expense to development projects, both large and small.”

She was particularly concerned at the number of business people who said that rules and regulations were adding huge expense to their bottom line.

“Submitters have told us compliance costs and regulations are costing them hundreds of dollars in lost time, money and productivity.

“We want to take that message back to Government so that we can help these businesses go forward.”

Other concerns related to red tape around the Resource Management Act and delays and costs involved with the Building Act.

Mrs Dean chaired two meetings in Southland yesterday – one in Invercargill and one in Gore. The taskforce will return South next month when it holds meetings in Queenstown.

Taskforce member Ian Tulloch, of Gore, and Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie joined Mrs Dean in Invercargill yesterday and Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay was in Gore.