Through New Eyes: Rethinking landscape in Aotearoa

Through New Eyes: Rethinking landscape in Aotearoa
11 Jun

This years EDS conference is about looking at landscape management through new eyes. We will critically assess the existing framework for land and seascape protection and will delve deeply into new thinking, drawing on powerful local exemplars and fresh international models. Through New Eyes will explore a ‘third way’ – a new, innovative approach to better protect highly valued, private land. And we’ll assess the future of our conservation estate and…

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Dr Jane Goodall warns New Zealand's environment is 'in crisis' in new agreement Read full post…
25 May

Dr Jane Goodall warns New Zealand's environment is 'in crisis' in new agreement

New Zealand is facing an environmental crisis and needs urgent action from all sectors of society, renowned conservationist Dr Jane Goodall has warned.  With six non-governmental organisations, Goodall has signed  "the Aotearoa Deal for Nature" calling for an end to all new oil and gas exploration, mining on conservation land, and reform of the Resource Management Act.   "Our natural world is in crisis. But by working together, we can prevent…

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09 May

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

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…