United Future and the Act Party have joined forces to offer the National Party a way of breaking the long impasse on planning reforms - at the expense of the Maori Party.
The two parties restated in an open letter today that they will support the Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms if National agrees to three concessions.
They want proposed powers for the Environment Minister to override councils to be scrapped; greater recognition of property rights, and the exclusion of iwi consultation requirements.
It must an election year.
National needs two votes to get the reforms over the line.
It struck a deal with the Maori Party last year after agreeing to include provisions that would give iwi a greater role in the consenting process, known as iwi participation agreements.
However, the Maori Party then threatened to pull its vote unless the Government scrapped the ministerial override powers, which United Future and Act also oppose.
The Maori Party was especially concerned that the powers could be used to stop councils from creating their GE-free zones in their regions.
Will someone not stand up for property owners and remove the cancerous RMA from our lives?
National facing an embarrassing defeat on one of its major pieces of legislation
Labour-Lite deserves everything coming their way after 8 years of pandering to apartheid whilst the other political whores will be consigned to history this coming election.
A pox on all of them.