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

Hosted by:

Wellington Community Network

Environment Centres


Some environment centres are able to offer RMA assistance.

Environment centres are established in a number of locations throughout New Zealand. The Ministry for the Environment makes funding available to establish and run centres if they fulfil certain requirements specified by the Ministry.

The activities of environment centres vary according to their focus some promote recycling and sustainable waste management, and some work in the area of environmental education. The Nelson and Tauranga centres offer an RMA advice service. Other centres may have RMA resources and materials that are available to assist community and environmental groups.

Generally, Ministry-funded centres are open to the public, and function to:

  • Facilitate, motivate and inform existing and new groups within the community to take action that materially improves environmental quality
  • Provide environmental information and education services for the community
  • Act as a focus and meeting place for community action on environmental issues.

Check with your nearest environment centre if you are preparing a submission on a resource consent, plan, or other resource management process. They may be able to assist you with information, other contacts within the community, or help you with your submission.

More information about environment centres, and eligibility for funding, can be found on the MFE website at