Raising funds for EDS riding the Tour Aotearoa

Raising funds for EDS riding the Tour Aotearoa
23 Jan

David Jones & John Boulton are cycling the length of New Zealand to help protect its natural environment. They are undertaking the Tour Aotearoa brevet which is a self-supported 3,000km bike trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff. With participation in the brevet, each rider must offset all carbon emissions from transport to and from the event. In addition, each cyclist donates $100 to a charity of choice and are encouraged to…

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22 Jan

Mackenzie divisions as wide as ever

Article by David Williams on newsroom. The businessman behind a huge dairy operation being created in the Mackenzie Basin is firing barbs at an Environment Court judge and a green group. David Williams reports. Dunedin accountant Murray Valentine has been methodical and meticulous in planning for a $100-million-plus dairy conversion in the Mackenzie Basin. Valentine, the owner of Simons Pass Station – 9700 hectares of land, some of it Crown-owned, bounded…

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28 Dec

Mackenzie farming plans restricted by court decision

Article by David Williams The Environment Court has confirmed when tough new rules restricting development in the Mackenzie district will come into force, which should thwart a dozen consent applications made this year for agricultural intensification and conversion. In a 36-page decision released last Friday, the last business day before Christmas, Judge Jon Jackson declared that the rules of a controversial Mackenzie District Council plan change were operative from April…

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27 Dec

NZ Herald: Make natives major part of billion-tree plan

Not a billion more pines, please By Gary Taylor, CEO, Environmental Defence Society A billion trees is a lot of trees. The government plans to plant (or to have others plant) them over the next 10 years. It looks like a good idea: trees are good, right? But some trees are better than others and that’s why the programme needs some careful thought. The last thing New Zealand needs is…

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23 Dec

Media Release: EDS welcomes Craggy Range decision

EDS has welcomed the decision of Craggy Range Winery to restore Te Mata Peak in Hawkes Bay to its original condition. “We were very concerned at the scar on that iconic landscape caused by the construction of a walking track,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “Our legal analysis showed that the Hastings District Council likely made 2 errors of law in approving the application. “First, the application should have been…

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19 Dec

Media Release: EDS calls for Commission of Inquiry into Fisheries Management

Earlier this week Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash announced the creation of Fisheries New Zealand as a dedicated business unit within the Ministry of Primary Industries. “On the face of it, this announcement could be a small improvement on the current situation although it is lacking some important detail,” said EDS Policy Director and fisheries researcher, Raewyn Peart. “It is not clear what the change will mean in practice since the…