This version of the module was published in September 2011, following a regular review. This did not result in major changes but a number of refinements and clarifications were made mainly to the Hot Tips sections).
Local authorities undertake enforcement roles under a wide range of statutes. They need to ensure that enforcement action is undertaken in a manner consistent with the relevant statute. This module is designed to help local authorities to manage the risks around enforcement action. It does not deal in detail with the requirements of specific regulatory regimes, but sets out the principles of effective enforcement action.
The module was first developed in 2002. The original version was withdrawn in 2007 pending redevelopment of the module. The current version was published in February 2009. It includes links to the Quality Plan website guidance on enforcement under the RMA.
We recommend that people who are currently holding hard copy of the previous version of the module should dispose of these and print new ones.
All suggestions for improvements, and all offers of assistance with the review process are gratefully accepted.
PDF Version of Module
A downloadable PDF version of the new version of the module is now available. You can access this at the foot of the Links and Pathways page of the module.
Other Material of Interest
LISTSERVS: If you are interested in sharing information with other local authority staff about RMA enforcement issues there is a listserv available through Local Government Online (www.localgovt.co.nz). You can subscribe to this list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “subscribe RMAENFORCEMENT” in the message body.
SUGGESTIONS: If you know of other sources of information and guidance that are likely to be relevant to users of this module please let us know so we can add them to the list (email@example.com)
Contents of the Module
Enforcement processes are a key area of risk for local authorities and other public entities. This module is an aid to local authorities in getting it right in this area. The topics addressed are:
Incident identified which may breach statute, regulation, bylaw, consent condition or other rule
Incident assessment, investigation and enforcement decision
Anyone who wishes to access this material but does not know their local authority’s password can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get this.
IN addition if you are having to use a password to access the module but would like a password-free link set up from their local authority’s intranet can get their IT people to contact email@example.com who can provide “the magic words” to be inserted into the link.
Tell Your Colleagues
A downloadable brochure that you can use to tell your colleagues about the module will be available here shortly