The New Zealand Government is currently consulting on some important issues related to urban planning, the RMA, protected marine areas, regulating natural health products and changes to the emissions trading scheme. Everyone has the right to have a say on these proposals:
Better Urban Planning - NZ Productivity Commission (submissions close on 9 March 2016)
The Second Phase of Resource Management Act Reform - Ministry for the Environment (submissions close on 14 March 2016)
New Marine Protected Areas Act - Department of Conservation (submissions close on 11 March 2016)
The Regulation of Natural Health Products - Ministry of Health (submissions close on 4 March 2016)
New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme Review 2015/16 - Ministry for the Environment (submissions on Other Matters close on 30 April 2016).
Many of these consultation documents ask a large number of specific questions. If the detailed nature of the set questions are off putting, you can still make a submission. You may like to consider using the simple format shown below (adapted from page 20 of Making A Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee).
1. Covering letter
Submission on the XXX Bill/Proposal
To the XXX (organisation considering feedback)
Personal details This submission is from (name of individual/organisation and address).
I/we do (or do not) wish to appear before the committee to speak to my/our submission.
I can be contacted at: (List your daytime contact telephone number, email address and postal address).
I/we support/oppose the intent of this Bill/Proposal because (state reasons).
I/we wish to make the following specific comments (state the specific clauses or page numbers in the consultation document that apply to your concern).
I/we support/oppose this provision because (state reasons).
I/we consider the following changes should be made (and suggest new wording if relevant).
Recommendations (list any further recommendations or conclusions you wish the Committee to consider).