Federated Farmers attacks Mackenzie Country again

17 May

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…

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12 May

Salmon stoush exposes RMA loophole

Kathryn Ryan talks to MPI's Luke Southorn and Gary Taylor from the Environmental Defence Society about a decision by the Ministry for Primary Industries to support King Salmon's bid to construct five new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.   Listen here....

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09 May

EDS and Fish & Game offer to go to court on dam project

The Environmental Defence Society and Fish & Game have jointly offered to co-operate with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council in getting an Environment Court ruling on ambiguities in the consent conditions for the Ruataniwha Dam. “The ambiguities concern the Nitrogen limits in the consent conditions that were set by the Board of Inquiry,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “The dam company claims that the limits are not compliance limits. We disagree and…

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03 May

TIPPING POINTS Conference: registration and programme now available

Online registration is now open for the much-anticipated Tipping Points conference, to be held in Auckland on 9-10 August. It’s an election year special so don’t miss it! Check out the conference website for more information on registration, programme content, poster paper opportunities and scholarships for iwi and hapū resource managers and youth.  Visit the conference website

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28 Apr

EDS calls for urgent action to avoid species extinction

The Environmental Defence Society has released its submission on the Government’s freshwater reform proposals and has called for more urgent action. “The freshwater domain report that was published yesterday cites a truly alarming downward trend in the ecological health of our waterways,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “It documents in stark statistics the very real threats of massive species extinction if urgent interventions aren’t made. “Our submission on the Government’s…

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18 Apr

Media Release: Environment Court calls for pause on tenure review in Mackenzie Country

On Thursday last week the Environment Court issued its long-awaited decision on plan change 13 to the Mackenzie District Plan. The purpose of PC13 is to insert provisions into the district plan to protect the Mackenzie Basin’s outstanding natural landscapes and ecology. “The Court was faced with a complex set of issues exacerbated by the time the proceedings have taken: this plan process started in 2007,” said Gary Taylor, EDS’s…