EDS congratulates Raewyn Peart, MNZM

01 Dec

Raewyn Peart, the Environmental Defence Society’s Policy Director, has been made  a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s Honours list. “This award recognises the significant contribution Raewyn Peart has made to the development of environmental policy in New Zealand,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “She has published extensively on topics as wideranging as marine planning, the need for an EPA, the evolution of the…

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20 Dec

EDS Latest News - December 2018

In this last communication from EDS for the year, we update some recent developments and look forward to what we have ahead in 2019. But the main message we’d like to convey to our supporters and those with an interest in our work is our best wishes for a safe and relaxing summer holiday! This is a time when we can all relax and enjoy the fruits of our labour…

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02 Dec

NZ First sinks coalition partners' plan for fisheries review

NZ First has scuppered plans for a panel to provide advice on New Zealand's fishing industry. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash planned to revitalise the technical advisory panel, which was set up by the National Government to give expert advice on making fishing sustainable long-term. But in the latest of a series of backdowns those plans are now abandoned, a source said – because NZ First doesn't think the panel is needed,…

EDS scaremongering on fisheries management? Make up your own mind Read full post…
23 Nov

EDS scaremongering on fisheries management? Make up your own mind

Stuff recently reported that Shane Jones and NZ First have blocked an EDS appointment of our Policy Director Raewyn Peart to a Ministerial fisheries advisory group. The reason given is our recent publication Voices from the Sea which reveals a number of problems with the operation of the fisheries management system. The fisheries industry, which is close to Minister Jones, has described the book as ‘scaremongering’. We disagree and think…

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22 Nov

Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari back on track

The Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries today announced their intention to establish a Ministerial Advisory Committee, early next year, to assist with the implementation of the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial plan. “This is excellent news”, said EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart. “It’s great to see the government now showing leadership in progressing implementation of the plan which aims at restoration of the badly diminished Hauraki Gulf.…

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08 Nov

Media Statement: EDS welcomes Resource Management Reform proposals announced by Minister Parker

EDS is very supportive of the two-phase approach to resource management reform announced earlier today by the Minister for the Environment. “The most important bit of this announcement is in the final paragraph of the Minister’s press release,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “That is the indication that the Government intends to undertake a wide-ranging review of the resource management system commencing in 2019. “We have been waiting for this…