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Govt says it will fix loopy rules

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/07/2016

The government has accepted nearly all the recommendations from a taskforce set up to identify rules and regulations that frustrate people or don't work properly.

The Rules Reduction Taskforce released what became known as the Loopy Rules Report in September last year.

Local Government Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced the government's response and says it accepts 72 of 75 "opportunities" to improve the way rules and regulations are developed and implemented.

"Work is underway across government to address them," the minister said.

"Customer service was identified as an issue for many New Zealanders seeking building and resource consents... many of these issues require culture change at local level and we will work with councils to address this."

The taskforce identified issues the public considered most in need of fixing, which included:

* Make it easier to get building consents

* Make it easier to get resource consents

* Sort out what work safety means and make the rules clear

* Reduce the cost of consenting fees

* Establish a new customer focus in the public sector

* Stop making loopy rules.

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