EDS releases second working paper from Resource Management Reform Project

24 May

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)…

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17 May

Media Relase: EDS congratulates Government and Conservation Minister on DOC funding increases

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the budget announcement of increased funding for the Department of Conservation. Finance Minister Hon Grant Robertson announced a $181.6m increase in DOC’s funding over four years. This represents a 16 per cent increase on the current departmental allocation. “Finally, we have some realistic funding for the Department’s core financial needs,” said EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart. “EDS has been arguing for some years that…

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10 May

EDS Fisheries Seminar Communique

At a seminar last evening hosted by Auckland law firm Simpson Grierson, over 100 people heard a presentation by EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart on her new book Voices from the sea: managing New Zealand’s fisheries. The presentation outlined how the author had interviewed fishers and compiled their views along with those of fishery managers in a critique of our system. She outlined a number of failings that need addressing…

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08 May

Government has a clear mandate to clean up freshwater

The Environmental Defence Society says that the reaction to Environment Minister David Parker’s comments about cows has been ill-informed. “The previous government put in place environmental limits for freshwater in 2014 and then a more refined version in 2017 via the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management,” said EDS Chairman Gary Taylor. “That requires all regional councils to set limits in freshwater plans by 2030. It is mandatory. So it…

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29 Apr

EDS disappointed at TOKM’s denial of problems in fisheries management

Te Ohu Kaimoana (TOKM) today released a media statement attacking the credibility of the recently released EDS book Voices from the Sea: Managing New Zealand’s Fisheries. “We are disappointed by the approach taken by TOKM, which is highly defensive and strongly protective of the status quo,” said Environmental Defence Society Policy Director and book author Raewyn Peart. “As an organisation which claims to work to advance Māori interests in the…