Unitary Plan - Up and away or over and out?

Unitary Plan - Up and away or over and out?
20 Jul

Next Wednesday, the Auckland Council will release the recommendations from the hearings panel on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. Councillors have until August 19 to decide whether to accept the panel's findings. There are limited appeal rights. The plan will guide development over the next couple of decades. It is a plan prepared under pressure, both from burgeoning population growth and hugely compressed timeframes. The panel has done an heroic…

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Raewyn Peart to address Hauraki Gulf Forum Seminar Read full post…
04 Jul

Raewyn Peart to address Hauraki Gulf Forum Seminar

Raewyn Peart will speak at the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar 'DO THE RIGHT THING' on Tuesday 13 September 2016, Auckland Museum Auditorium $30 plus booking fee.  Places are limited. See more....

Media Release: EDS supports PCE review of Environment Aotearoa Read full post…
29 Jun

Media Release: EDS supports PCE review of Environment Aotearoa

EDS welcomes the release of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s review of New Zealand’s first national environmental report in 9 years In October 2015 Environment Aotearoa was released by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand. It was the first synthesis report in the new reporting regime under the Environmental Reporting Act 2015. An important part of the new regime is the independent oversight role of the…

Media Release: EDS appeals Coromandel planning decisions Read full post…
23 Jun

Media Release: EDS appeals Coromandel planning decisions

The Environmental Defence Society says that recent planning decisions for the Coromandel Peninsula are “a disaster for the outstanding natural character and ecology of the area.” EDS has filed a comprehensive 27 page appeal with the Environment Court, challenging the district plan decisions. “We believe that many of the decisions, especially those relating to outstanding natural character in the coastal environment, are egregiously wrong in law and show a lack…

The Wire: 95bFM: Raewyn Peart interview on Sea Change Read full post…
21 Jun

The Wire: 95bFM: Raewyn Peart interview on Sea Change

Policy Director Raewyn Peart is on bFM here talking about SeaChange, the marine spatial planning process running for the Hauraki Gulf. Hear the full interview.

Who should pay the cost of tourism? Read full post…
29 May

Who should pay the cost of tourism?

The number of tourists heading to New Zealand is growing rapidly, but who's looking out for the locals and the landscapes they've come to see? It seems everyone wants a piece of the beautiful Blue Spring, near Putaruru in South Waikato, 70 percent of the country's bottled water is drawn from there and in the past 10 years visitor numbers have jumped from 12,000 to 40,000. In January alone, 8948…