Legislation &Useful Links
The Resource Management Act 1991 is the primary piece of legislation that governs planning and resource management in New Zealand.
The Ministry for the Environment is the government department that is primarily responsible for planning and resource management in New Zealand. Their website contains guidance and useful information on a range of matters relating to planning and resource management, including their Everyday Guide to the Resource Management Act Series.
The New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) is New Zealand's leading national historic heritage agency and guardian of New Zealand's national heritage.
The Environmental Defence Society is a non-profit environmental advocacy organisation, comprised of resource management professionals who are committed to improving environmental outcomes within New Zealand.
The Quality Planning website provides guidance and best practice advice on planning and resource management for professionals and the public.
Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) is the regional territorial authority of the Canterbury District. Information regarding water take and discharge consents and the Regional Policy Statement and the Regional Plan can be found on their website.
NZ Landcare Trust works with farmers, landowners and community groups to improve the sustainability of our landscapes and waterways. NZ Landcare Trust can provide assistance in applying for grants from DOC, MfE and MAF.
QEII is an independent statutory organisation set up to encourage and promote, for the benefit of New Zealand, the provision, protection, preservation and enhancement of open space. QEII helps landowners to protect significant natural and cultural features on their land through open space covenants.