Media Release: Dodgy process for King Salmon expansion

Media Release: Dodgy process for King Salmon expansion
12 Feb

The Ministry for Primary Industries has initiated a process to give King Salmon Ltd an “easy ride” for approvals for new salmon farms in the protected Outer Marlborough Sounds, says the Environmental Defence Society. “MPI is essentially acting as a co-applicant for approvals that will override the Marlborough Council’s plans that prohibit aquaculture development in the Outer Sounds and that protect scenic and landscape values,” says EDS CEO Gary Taylor.…

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Last Line of Defence: EDS's latest publication on pre-sale! Read full post…
07 Feb

Last Line of Defence: EDS's latest publication on pre-sale!

PRE-SALE SPECIAL PRICE! AVAILABLE UNTIL END FEBRUARY 2017 Compliance, monitoring and enforcement of environmental law is the last line of defence for the public interest in nature. Poorly implemented, it risks failing to meet statutory aspirations and the environment ultimately pays the price. Despite its pivotal importance to policy outcomes, it is usually deprioritised compared with other stages of the policy cycle. This report shines a light on the approach…

Sea changes and stormy weather ahead (article in Local Government Perspectives 2017) Read full post…
30 Jan

Sea changes and stormy weather ahead (article in Local Government Perspectives 2017)

The long-awaited, and much-debated Resource Legislation Amendment Bill should finally pass into law in 2017. But any new regime must meet the needs of a very different world to the one envisaged a quarter of a century ago when the legislation first came into effect. Read the article by Gary Taylor in the Local Government Perspectives 2017 magazine here.

Media Release: EDS calls for improvements in draft energy efficiency strategy Read full post…
26 Jan

Media Release: EDS calls for improvements in draft energy efficiency strategy

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has released its submission on the draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NEECS). It has called for an economy-wide target for energy efficiency, and for sector targets that have some substance. “In our view energy efficiency is a vital component of our overall effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as improving our economic productivity,” said EDS Director and submission author Professor…

Media Release: Settlement reached over Mackenzie Country court case Read full post…
22 Dec

Media Release: Settlement reached over Mackenzie Country court case

The Mackenzie District Council and the Environmental Defence Society have reached an agreement that settles EDS’s Declaration Proceedings regarding land conversion in the Mackenzie District. The settlement involves a commitment from the Council, subject to its statutory duties, to introduce a Plan Change before Christmas that will temporarily suspend the exemption provisions from its district plan for a period of 12 months. The expectation is that within that time completely…

EDS Submission: The Future of Our Fisheries Consultation Read full post…
20 Dec

EDS Submission: The Future of Our Fisheries Consultation

EDS submitted on the Future of Our Fisheries consultation document. Read EDS's submission.