'Zero' chance of key RMA reforms going ahead: John Key

Prime Minister John Key said the focus was to "build more product in Auckland and [we] have got to built it faster and ...
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Prime Minister John Key said the focus was to "build more product in Auckland and [we] have got to built it faster and build it cheaper".

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed there is no chance key parts of the RMA reform will go ahead, while reaffirming the need to speed up the construction of new houses in Auckland.

Speaking at a Property Council industry breakfast in Auckland on Thursday, Key said the probability of there being a change in sections six and seven of the Resource Management Act "is zero".

The original plan was to merge the two sections to help ease the pressure on housing. However, Key said the way forward was to focus on other legislation, such as that concerning Special Housing Areas.

He first signalled reforms would be unlikely to go ahead in his post-Budget speech last week.

There, he said the reforms were "slightly different to what we would have hoped" and the probability of getting their partners to agree to the change were very low.

The Prime Minister repeated his view that the housing issue in Auckland was not something new and the focus was to "build more product in Auckland and [we] have got to build it faster and build it cheaper.

"That's the challenge for all of us.

"We are going to see quite a dramatic change over time and it's going to put challenges on everybody."

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