Media Release: New study prepares for RMA shake-up

28 Jun

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE SOCIETY AND NEW ZEALAND LAW FOUNDATION New study prepares for RMA shake-up A major review of New Zealand’s environmental management system has been launched in anticipation of fundamental reform of the Resource Management Act. The Environmental Defence Society review launched today, New Zealand’s Resource Management Law: the Next Generation, is made possible by $356,000 of New Zealand Law Foundation funding. The 18-month project will study New Zealand experience…

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15 Jun

EDS welcomes acceptance of its Mackenzie Country initiative 

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the acceptance by key agencies of its proposal for a comprehensive and independent review of the management of the Mackenzie Country. The initiative is a co-operative one including the Department of Conservation, Land Information New Zealand, Environment Canterbury, Waitaki District Council and Mackenzie District Council. “This is a really important step for forward for the Mackenzie Basin at a time when the current management…

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01 Jun

Tipping Points Conference: The Future of Farming

CONFERENCE SESSION 3: THE FUTURE OF FARMING As we face technology disruption and reach environmental limits, what does the future of farming look like in New Zealand? Can we adapt and apply new models or might New Zealand become the ‘Detroit’ of agriculture? We will hear about the future of food from agricultural futurist Dr Rosie Bosworth, alternative farming models from Landcorp boss Steven Carden and farming within environmental limits…

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31 May

EDS congratulates Commissioner for the Environment on Birds report

(Old Blue, etching by Mary Taylor) The Environmental Defence Society has congratulated Dr Jan Wright, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, on her latest report on the state of New Zealand’s birds, Taonga of an Island Nation. “The report is an especially revealing and insightful analysis of our native birds and shows that much more needs to be done to protect threatened species. 93 species of our birds are endemic…

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31 May

Clarification sought around Ruataniwha Scheme consents

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: HAWKE'S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL, FISH & GAME, EDS RADIO NZ AUDIO: RURAL NEWS Media Release: Clarification sought around Ruataniwha Scheme consents Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, the Environmental Defence Society and Fish & Game New Zealand have jointly agreed to seek clarification from the Environment Court on key elements of the resource consents for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. The parties want clarification in the requirement within the Scheme’s land…

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17 May

Federated Farmers attacks Mackenzie Country again

Federated Farmers has filed a High Court appeal against a recent Environment Court decision that put in place protection for the Mackenzie Country’s outstanding landscape and natural values. Plan Change 13 was first notified in 2007 and has been the subject of 11 Environment Court decisions and persistent litigation by farming interests. “We are very disappointed with Federated Farmers which has filed a succession of High Court appeals over the…