Shovel-ready or iwi getting the shove?

By Rukuwai Tipene-Allen

The Govt's 'shovel ready' projects are aimed at boosting the economy but are being slammed for bypassing the Resource Management Act and consultation with iwi.

The new act, due to be passed in June, will give a small panel of experts the authority to grant consents for projects.

But critics say this will be at the expense of the environment.