After 30 years working as a planner in the public sector and as a consultant, I wish to record my relief that my foray into the new RMA fast tracking consent process for projects of national importance has ended so successfully.
I refer to the Board of Inquiry for the Waterview project. I appeared before the Board on behalf of Cycle Action Auckland,along with many other community groups, who have spent years struggling with this vast project. I have nothing but praise for the intelligence, open-minded approach and transparency of the process pioneered by Judge Laurie Newhook’s Board.
Over the seven week hearing I was extremely impressed by the Board’s dedication to ensure that all submitters were welcomed and put at ease, and that the NZTA answered key public concerns about the project. The sound and balanced nature of the decision delivered by the Board yesterday is testimony to its work, and the skill and endurance of the Waterview and Owairaka residents. It was an honour to be part of the process – I hope it will be a model for future Boards of Inquiry – BC (photo – NZTA).