Friday, May 18, 2007

Hell freezes over

The Kerikeri National Trust Bill has been reported back from Select Committee. The bill was sent to committee in the dark days of 1995, and has languished there ever since. According to the report [PDF], while there was support for the bill's intention, it was fatally flawed and has now been supplanted by a regional plan for the area. The committee therefore unanimously recommended that it not proceed. The bill will now go back to the House, where hopefully it will be voluntarily withdrawn by John Carter.

For those who are wondering, the title of "oldest bill before the House" will now pass to the Conservation (Protection of Trout as a Non-commercial Species) Amendment Bill, which has been waiting for its second reading since 1998.