Paula Bennett. Photo NZ Herald/Stuart Munro
The Government is giving the public an opportunity to
complain about "pedantic" and "unnecessary" regulations
including onerous rules for cake stalls and requirements for
positioning shower curtains.
Local Government Minister Paula Bennett announced plans this
morning for a Rules Reduction Taskforce, which will try to
cut unnecessary bureaucracy and scrap "loopy" local and
central government regulations.
"We've seen rules and regulations brought in over decades
that were well-intentioned but end up being confusing,
onerous and costly while failing to deliver any real benefit
for the property owner or the wider public," Mrs Bennett
"We have rules dictating all sorts of weird and wonderful
things from signage over cake stalls to where your shower
curtains need to be positioned.
"In another example, a property owner trying to replace a
130-year-old fence discovered some of it was on a scenic
reserve and they faced having to buy or lease the land."
A website would be created to allow the public to submit
rules that were "ripe for change".
The taskforce, which would include tradespeople and building
experts, would consider whether the rules could be
Mrs Bennett said it was only a six-person board, and was not
adding bureaucracy to reduce bureaucracy.
- Isaac Davison of the New Zealand Herald