Resource Management Act: RMA Link: Sources of Assistance

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.

Sources of Assistance

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Wellington Community Network

Community Law Centres


A Community Law Centre may be able to provide you with information on the RMA.

Law Centres

The Legal Services Agency is a government funded Agency, responsible for promoting access to justice for all New Zealanders. LSA funds 26 Community Law Centres throughout New Zealand.

Four centres currently have a specialist environmental law service Community Law Canterbury in Christchurch, Community Law Advice Wanganui, Gisborne's Tairawhiti Community Law Centre, and SustAin in Grey Lynn, Auckland.

Other centres may be able to assist you or your group with RMA issues, according to the level of expertise in resource management law among their pool of staff and volunteers.

To find your nearest Community Law Centre, consult your telephone book, or visit the Legal Services Agency website

Environmental Law Services

Community Law Canterbury, Community Law Advice Wanganui, Tairawhiti Community Law Centre, and SustAin in Grey Lynn, are able to offer a range of services in the Resource Management Act area. These services are funded by the Ministry for the Environment, and can include;

  • Free information on RMA legal and planning issues
  • Assistance with submissions on resource consent proposals, and on regional and district plans.
  • Advice on taking action in the Environment Court
  • Referral to appropriate qualified professionals, or technical experts, if needed
  • Help with making an application to the Ministry for the Environment for environmental legal assistance
  • Access to information resources on the RMA and related legislation
  • Advice on case law relevant to your issue of concern
  • Low-cost training/education for community organisations on various aspects of the RMA.

Because these centres rely on volunteer staff, they may not be able to give an expert legal opinion or expert legal advice on a particular situation. They may not be able to provide legal representation. You may need a referral to a suitable resource management lawyer or other professional for these services.