Reese appointed to Rules Reduction Taskforce

Reese ready to reduce red-tape


Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese is breaking the rules in an attempt to free up the building process.

Reese was this week appointed to the Rules Reduction Taskforce, a group charged with helping the Government to cast off any redundant and obstructive property rules and regulations.

Reese told councillors at yesterday's Nelson City Council meeting she was happy to accept the invitation to join the taskforce, which is co-chaired by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett.

"I will be listening to New Zealanders and providing advice to the Ministry of Local Government about the effectiveness of local administration."

Reese said she would engage with people all around the country to find out what rules were causing frustration and confusion.

The taskforce was established by Local Government Minister Paula Bennett and would include 11 members from central and local government and specialists from the building and trades sector.

Dean said there would be some "quick fixes" the group would make in the short term. Over the long term they would work to make things more efficient and straightforward.

She said the taskforce would also determine which rules should stay or be strengthened.

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- The Nelson Mail, Feb 13, 2015