A wave of RMA reforms – what lies ahead and what does it mean for you?

Friday 26th February, GQ Boardroom
12:00pm - 1:30pm

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In partnership with the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, join us as Lauren Wallace (Partner, Govett Quilliam) and Cameron Twigley (Director, BTW Company Limited) discuss what happened in 2020 in the RMA space, and what’s to come in 2021. Lauren and Cameron both have a diverse range of expertise acting for local and regional authorities, industry, Iwi and PSGE, community groups, national corporations and small businesses alike. With a practical, Taranaki perspective, they will canvas:
  • Key RMA reforms that occurred in 2020, including the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020;
  • The government’s RMA focussed responses to COVID-19, including COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020; and
  • Proposed reforms to scrap the RMA entirely and the new National Policy Statements planned for 2021, including an updated National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Generation.
The package of proposed reforms will fundamentally change the way we plan, build and use our urban environments, manage and fund infrastructure and protect our natural environments in the future. Couple this with the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap and the government’s vision for our region to achieve an equitable, productive and sustainable low-emissions economy and the scene is set for a regulatory space full of challenges and opportunities in the coming years.


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Meet the Speakers


Lauren Wallace

Lauren specialises in environmental and local government law and civil litigation and leads Govett Quilliam’s Environment and Planning Team.

In her day to day work, she provides legal and strategic oversight for a variety of projects, including infrastructure, commercial developments, subdivisions, conservation, industrial facilities and energy developments. She also assists with the development and review of district and regional plans, bylaws, environmental management plans, consultation strategies, iwi relationship agreements and biodiversity and land management agreements. She regularly collaborates with a wide network of scientists, planners, engineers and environmental specialists and enjoys working with project teams to develop consenting pathways and co-design sustainable solutions to address complex environmental issues.

Cam Twigley

Cam Twigley
Planning and Environment Director

Cam has been a practising environmental planner for 19 years and is an accredited Independent Hearings Commissioner. 

He is confident and skilled at project managing the consenting phase of major projects, advising on policy planning matters and assisting his clients with ongoing environmental responsibilities. Cam aims to make projects happen for his clients while achieving sustainable outcomes.