Media Release: EDS supports Visitor Levy

15 Jun

The Environmental Defence Society supports the Government’s proposal to introduce a targeted Visitor Levy to apply at the New Zealand border. The Minister of Tourism has announced a proposed levy of $25-35 for inbound visitors to New Zealand with an expected annual return of $57-80 million. The funds will be spent on tourism infrastructure and conservation. “EDS has been supportive of such a levy for some time. It makes sense…

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15 Jun

Media Relase: EDS welcomes National’s support for Climate Commission

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed National’s commitment to the development of an independent Climate Commission. “Simon Bridges quite rightly says that it’s vital with such a long-lived policy challenge to get the right institutional arrangements in place and for them to endure over time,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “That is consistent with advice from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and the Productivity Commission. It is also common…

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06 Jun

Minister mulls clamp on commissioner

Read the full article on newsroom.co.nz. A shake-up might be on the way for the management of Crown-owned high country farms, in the wake of a controversy involving a Mackenzie Basin irrigation pipeline. David Williams reports. Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage refuses to rule out reining in the Commissioner of Crown Lands after an irrigation pipeline for a massive dairy conversion was carved across public conservation land. Sage’s silence comes…

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30 May

Others support EDS’s call for an independent inquiry into the fisheries management system

We’ve had evidence of hoki dumping for years. Why did no-one act? For decades, New Zealand consumers have bought hoki on the assumption that it is a sustainable and properly managed fishery. That’s far from the truth, write Otago and Auckland University researchers Elisabeth Slooten; Bruce Robertson; Glenn Simmons; Graeme Bremner, and Nigel Haworth. New Zealand’s hoki fishery has come under renewed criticism this week after leaked reportsrevealed that some…

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24 May

EDS releases second working paper from Resource Management Reform Project

EDS has released its second working paper as part of its RM Reform Project. The project is taking a first principles look at how New Zealand’s resource management system operates and how it could be improved for the coming decades. Following on from the first paper, which looked at ethics, principles and international experiences, Working Paper 2 focuses on two key structural components of the system: how legislative frameworks are…

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18 May

Gulf Journal article: Sad Story

Article by Raewyn Peart in GULF JOURNAL. The Hauraki Gulf has provided rich fishing grounds for centuries. Sadly, commercial overfishing during the 1970s led to plummeting fish stocks. This prompted the introduction of the quota management system (QMS) in 1986. The system created individual tradeable quota (ITQs), which were gifted to fishing vessel owners, and gave them the right to harvest a proportion of the total allowable commercial catch (TACC)…