Media Release: EDS appeals Coromandel planning decisions

Media Release: EDS appeals Coromandel planning decisions
23 Jun

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…

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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…

'Green Tax' for travellers gains ground Read full post…
27 May

'Green Tax' for travellers gains ground

As tourist numbers topple record upon record, there is growing support for a border tax or 'green levy' to cover the cost of hosting them.  In the next five years, the government predicts 4.5 million visitors will be wheeling their suitcases across the tarmac in search of a New Zealand adventure. And as Insight has been finding out, there is hope a border tax could solve some of the problems…

Drive for conservation fund boost Read full post…
23 May

Drive for conservation fund boost

A major environmental group wants to see more money for conservation funding amid Thursday's Budget announcements, as newly released data shows more of New Zealand's species are faring worse. The Government this month announced that an extra $20.7 million in operating funding, sourced from the previous Budget, would be spent on the largest pest control operation in the country's history to protect threatened birds and other species. But the Environmental…

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