Federated Farmers is praising the government for a proper consultation process on replacing the RMA legislation but is concerned local democracy may be stripped away in the process. Feds Vice-President and resource management spokesperson Karen Williams says if the poor process around the production of the Essential Freshwater regulations has taught us anything, it is to carry out a thorough and genuine consultation process, rather than the secret and exclusive process that led to the Freshwater mess. Karen WIlliams says, the Feds are deeply concerned about local decisions being put in the hands of unelected regional planning committees, with only one local person representing each local authority.