The paper examines the development of concepts of planning for sustainability in the New Zealand context. It focuses upon NZ's response to the report of the World Commission on the Environment, 1987 - the Bruntland Report and the development of the Resource Management Act 1991 together with the subsequent framework of Regional and District Plans which are just beginning to emerge. The functions of Transit New Zealand (being the State Highway Authority) and the Land Transport Safety Authority (until recently the Ministry of Transport) are briefly described in relation to statutory processes under the RMA and Regional/District Council planning and transport functions. The political and economic context for current New Zealand statutory and management structures is described, juxtaposing prevailing free market non-intervention philosophy with a desire for full recognition of potential environmental effects and consequences. Public consultation procedures transparency of decision making and particular recognition of Maori perspectives and rights under the Treaty of Waitangi are also outlined. For the covering abstract see IRRD 877018.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 151-71

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  • Accession Number: 00722317
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-282-1
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM