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Quake laws pass final stages

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/12/2016

Emergency earthquake legislation has been passed by parliament.

The bill brought in by Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee overrides regulations and permits earthquake repairs to be done without resource management law getting in the way.

Farmers can drain land and sink bores, the harbour can be dredged and slips that are blocking State highway 1 can be pushed into the sea without the usual lengthy RMA consenting processes.

It passed its first reading unanimously on Tuesday and was put through its second reading, committee stage and third reading under urgency on Thursday.

"In affected communities right now, people are working hard to move on from the 14 November earthquake and repair damaged property and infrastructure," Mr Brownlee said after the legislation passed.

"The government is right behind them, and this legislation is part of broader support to help them get on top of work that needs to be done."

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