Resource Management Act: RMA Link: RMA Information Database

The RMAlink project aims to make community participation in all Resource Management Act processes more straightforward and less time-consuming. More effective participation from those with a concern for the environment will contribute towards improving environmental outcomes nationwide.

RMA Information Database

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Wellington Community Network

Key RMA Websites

RMA Websites

We have made a list of websites that you can use to find out more about the RMA.

Remember also to visit your local and regional council websites (or unitary authority website) for information on environmental management in your area, including relevant reports, plans and policy documents. To find a council website, visit

Ministry for the Environment


Description: MFE is responsible for administering the RMA. This includes developing and implementing policy relating to the RMA at a national level.

Resources: The MFE site contains an enormous amount of RMA information. An extensive collection of web-pages provides easy-to-read introductory and background information. Their publications section contains policy and technical reports on all topics and processes. The site has an effective search engine, and it is easy to find information relevant to most topics.

Quality Planning


Description: This site aims to promote best practice in plan preparation and content, by enabling planning professionals to share knowledge and experience. An excellent resource both for planning professionals, and for groups and individuals seeking high quality, easy-to-read, practical information about the RMA. Maintained by a partnership involving MFE, Local Government New Zealand, NZ Planning Institute, Resource Management Law Association, and NZ Institute of Surveyors.

Resources: Best practice guidance notes on a range of RMA processes and topics.
Information on key topics, including air quality, heritage, landscapes, biodiversity, land transport, planning for hazardous facilities, water allocation, surface water quality, consultation with tangata whenua. Topic pages contain case law references, and other reference material.



Description: Comprehensive guide to the RMA, aims to help individuals and community groups participate more effectively in RMA processes. Maintained by the Environmental Defence Society.

Resources:Comprehensive guide to the RMA. Roles of regional and local authorities. Background information on processes - resource consents, hearings, negotiations, mediation, environment court appeals. Detailed information on key topics landscape protection, biodiversity and ecosystem protection, coastal management, freshwater management, heritage protection.
Advice on writing submissions, and presenting your case in negotiations, at hearings, and in the Environment Court. Examples of submissions are posted on the site. How to access case law / judgements, and much more.

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of NZ


Description: Website contains information on the activities of Forest and Bird, NZs largest conservation organization. Current issues in conservation, publications, branch contacts and activities, Forest and Bird journal.

Resources: Resource management section contains information about the RMA, advice about how to write submissions, and examples of submissions that Forest and Bird have written, and useful links. Full text of their 2003 publication 'Breaking Down the Barriers' is available free online. This is an excellent reference if you are looking for an introduction to the RMA.
There is also a list of 'Submissions Due' - a round-up of current consultations on RMA documents at local, regional and national level. This is updated regularly.



Description: Site is a point of contact for groups and individuals (Auckland area) who seek independent advice and legal representation on RMA matters, but are unable to afford full cost of expert professional assistance. Maintained by the Auckland Community Environmental Law Service (Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office)

Resources: Basic information about the RMA, advice on what to do when a neighbour seeks your approval for their resource consent application. Frequently asked questions (FAQ's) on the RMA. Notices of forthcoming RMA community education seminars run by SustAin. Translations - Basic RMA information is available on request in Maori, Samoan, Chinese, Arabic and Hindi.

Legislation Online


Description: All NZ Statutes are available free online as a result of Government's 'Public Access to Legislation' Project.

Resources: Resource Management Act 1991, fully updated with all amendments. Resource Management Regulations. All other statutes and regulations relevant to the environment and resource management.



Description: RMAnet (Nugent Consultants Ltd.) provides its subscribers with an online source of legal decisions affecting New Zealand's environment. Non-subscribers can also purchase judgements from this site, downloadable as .pdf files.

Resources:Environment Court decisions. Some High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council decisions.

Environment Court


Resources: Background information about the court. Members and sitting dates. Useful notes on mediation. Practice notes that provide important guidance to people involved in Environment Court processes.



Description: A comprehensive independent guide to environmental specialists.

Resources: Directory of a wide range of environmental professionals. Planners, lawyers, landscape architects, architects, ecologists, surveyors, engineers, technical specialists. Searchable by profession, and location.

Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand


Description:The Association has useful background material on the RMA, designed for members use, but freely available.

Resources: Library section of the site has useful resources. Conference papers, speeches, current newsletters.
Copies of RMLA submissions on policy issues and parliamentary bills.

Resource Management Journal - full text of current and past issues available as .pdf files.