EDS releases first working paper in Phase 2 of its Resource Management Reform project

09 May

EDS has released its first working paper as part of Phase 2 of its Resource Management Law Reform Project. The project is taking a first-principles look at how New Zealand’s resource management system could be improved. Phase 1 of the project outlined three potential models for what a future system could look like. Phase 2 is now looking at designing a single preferred model. “We think it was really important…

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08 May

Media Release: EDS welcomes release of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

EDS is generally supportive of the content of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, released today by Climate Change Minister James Shaw. “The Bill has been a long time in gestation. It sets up an independent Climate Change Commission to provide long-term advice and monitoring on our journey to net zero emissions by 2050,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “Significantly, the Bill embeds a specific emissions reduction target…

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03 May

Media Release: EDS joins High Court appeal on Simons Pass Station dairy conversion

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is applying to the High Court to join an appeal brought by Simons Pass Station Ltd against Mackenzie District Council. The appeal seeks to overturn Environment Court declarations that mean discretionary land use consents will be required before dairy expansion can occur on the property. “Simons Pass Station, a hybrid of freehold and Crown pastoral lease land, is a 9,700 ha property located near Lake…

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02 May

Uncertainty swirls over Mackenzie dairy plan

newsroom article by David Williams The legal battle over a large dairy farm planned for the Mackenzie Basin is heading to the High Court. David Williams reports. The future of the Mackenzie Basin’s Simons Pass Station – a lightning rod for national environmental opposition – remains as unclear as a swirling effluent pond. Dunedin businessman Murray Valentine has spent 16 years and millions of dollars gathering approvals, court settlements, and building infrastructure…

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18 Apr

Media Release: Environment Report shows need for major reform

Media Release: Environment Report shows need for major reform The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) welcomes the release of the latest report under New Zealand’s national environmental reporting regime. The report, Environment Aotearoa 2019, was produced jointly by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ and is a four-yearly synthesis of domain-specific reports. It looks at the state of our environment as a whole. “What it shows is that most…

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12 Apr

Media Release: EDS and Forest & Bird call for greater environmental protection for the High Country

In a comprehensive joint submission on the Government’s discussion paper on future management of Crown Pastoral Land, EDS and Forest & Bird have called for greater environmental protections after tenure review. “The Government intends to discontinue tenure review in the High Country and has proposed a range of new or improved approaches, many of which we support,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “However we do suggest some strengthening of the accountability…