Media Statement: EDS challenges the legal profession to stand up for independent legal research

07 Mar

The Environmental Defence Society is disappointed to hear that the New Zealand Law Foundation is going into recess, with no new funding applications being considered after June 2020. Over the last three decades, the Foundation has provided a valuable source of funding – over $30 million – for hundreds of projects involving legal research. That research has been conducted by legal scholars and others and has made a real contribution to New…

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04 Mar

Media Statement: EDS calls for reform of Hauraki Gulf governance

The Environmental Defence Society today released its publication “Governance of the Hauraki Gulf: A review of options.” The report, co-authored by Raewyn Peart and Brooke Cox, recommends reforms to better address the continuing decline in the Gulf’s environment. “The future of the Hauraki Gulf Forum has been the subject of concern amongst the Gulf community for some years,” said EDS Policy Director and report co-author Raewyn Peart. “So we decided…

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17 Feb

EDS not convinced abandoning tenure review is a good thing

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has concerns about the decision to abandon tenure review, as described in the discussion paper released by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) today. “We are surprised that the Government has already decided to abandon tenure review rather than consult on that proposition,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “It is presenting the public with a fait accompli on the big issue and then consulting on secondary…

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13 Feb

Cross party consensus to rewrite the Resource Management Act: By Richard Harman

Reproduced with the permission of POLITIK. Politicians from across Parliament last night embraced a series of proposals to basically start again and rewrite the Resource Management Act. The proposals are contained in a 300 plus page report drawn up under the leadership of the Environmental Defence Society.in conjunction with three business groups; the Auckland Employers and Manufacturers Association,  Infrastructure New Zealand and the Property Council. Simply, the report offers three…

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30 Jan

Launch of the RM System Synthesis Report

The Synthesis Report was launched on Tuesday 12 February. If you would like to download a copy or order a hard copy, check out the details on the RM Reform Project page of our website.

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01 Dec

EDS congratulates Raewyn Peart, MNZM

Raewyn Peart, the Environmental Defence Society’s Policy Director, has been made  a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s Honours list. “This award recognises the significant contribution Raewyn Peart has made to the development of environmental policy in New Zealand,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “She has published extensively on topics as wideranging as marine planning, the need for an EPA, the evolution of the…