EDS welcomes the Productivity Commission’s thoughtful analysis of the thorny issue of urban planning

EDS welcomes the Productivity Commission’s thoughtful analysis of the thorny issue of urban planning
19 Aug

Media Statement: EDS welcomes the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Better Urban Planning released today. “New Zealand’s urban population is growing and our urban planning framework is not coping with the strain. From our initial review of the Commission’s draft report we think it provides a useful and thoughtful analysis of the issues,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.  “The Commission has concluded New Zealand needs to be much more strategic…

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Latest EDS News - August 2016 Read full post…
18 Aug

Latest EDS News - August 2016

EDS's August 2016 newsletter now available online.  Topics include: Marine reserves reform, Fishing, Mackenzie Country tussock grasslands destroyed by tenure review, Australia-New Zealand Climate Change & Business Conference, Unitary Plan, Seachange, tourist tax... View here.

Media Release: EDS supports Taonga levy Read full post…
12 Aug

Media Release: EDS supports Taonga levy

At the EDS Conference Wild Places yesterday, the Green Party leader James Shaw announced a proposed Taonga Levy, which would be applied to international visitors at the border. “We actually think this is an excellent idea and are pleased that the Prime Minister (and Minister of Tourism) seems open to the proposal. We also note that the Labour Leader has endorsed the initiative at our conference,” said EDS Chairman Gary…

WILD PLACES Conference Communiqué Read full post…
12 Aug

WILD PLACES Conference Communiqué

The Environmental Defence Society’s annual summit has just concluded at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland. The event is New Zealand’s leading environmental conference and was attended by more than 250 resource managers and leaders and was addressed by representatives of most political parties. The conference focused on the nexus between tourism and conservation and asked how we can better manage burgeoning numbers of international visitors seeking to experience New…

Hauraki Gulf interview: Raewyn Peart & Phil Goff Read full post…
05 Aug

Hauraki Gulf interview: Raewyn Peart & Phil Goff

Hear EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart being interviewed by Mt Roskill MP and Auckland Mayoral candidate Hon Phil Goff on the Hauraki Gulf in advance of the launch of her book The Story of the Hauraki Gulf. Planet Radio inverview Purchase a copy of the book here

Unitary Plan - Up and away or over and out? Read full post…
20 Jul

Unitary Plan - Up and away or over and out?

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…