Mackenzie farming plans restricted by court decision

Mackenzie farming plans restricted by court decision
28 Dec

Article by David Williams The Environment Court has confirmed when tough new rules restricting development in the Mackenzie district will come into force, which should thwart a dozen consent applications made this year for agricultural intensification and conversion. In a 36-page decision released last Friday, the last business day before Christmas, Judge Jon Jackson declared that the rules of a controversial Mackenzie District Council plan change were operative from April…

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27 Dec

NZ Herald: Make natives major part of billion-tree plan

Not a billion more pines, please By Gary Taylor, CEO, Environmental Defence Society A billion trees is a lot of trees. The government plans to plant (or to have others plant) them over the next 10 years. It looks like a good idea: trees are good, right? But some trees are better than others and that’s why the programme needs some careful thought. The last thing New Zealand needs is…

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23 Dec

Media Release: EDS welcomes Craggy Range decision

EDS has welcomed the decision of Craggy Range Winery to restore Te Mata Peak in Hawkes Bay to its original condition. “We were very concerned at the scar on that iconic landscape caused by the construction of a walking track,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “Our legal analysis showed that the Hastings District Council likely made 2 errors of law in approving the application. “First, the application should have been…

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19 Dec

Media Release: EDS calls for Commission of Inquiry into Fisheries Management

Earlier this week Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash announced the creation of Fisheries New Zealand as a dedicated business unit within the Ministry of Primary Industries. “On the face of it, this announcement could be a small improvement on the current situation although it is lacking some important detail,” said EDS Policy Director and fisheries researcher, Raewyn Peart. “It is not clear what the change will mean in practice since the…

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14 Dec

Report slams Mackenzie tenure review

Article by David Williams on newsroom. Suggestions that land-use changes in the South Island high country are a 'train wreck' have been confirmed by new research, which heaps pressure on the new Government to act quickly before more Mackenzie Basin land is put into private hands through tenure review. David Williams reports. New research suggests the law controlling tenure review is being ignored in the Mackenzie Basin, with important landscapes…

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07 Dec

Media Release: EDS calls for an independent inquiry into fisheries management

In response to the release of the Future Catch report by the New Zealand Initiative earlier this week, EDS has called for a wide-ranging public inquiry into New Zealand’s fisheries management system. “There are many worrying problems with the current fisheries management regime, and these are far broader than recreational fishing,” said EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart. “My research has shown that confidence in the fisheries management system is at…