2019

Through New Eyes: Rethinking landscape in Aotearoa

This years EDS conference is about looking at landscape management through new eyes. We will critically assess the existing framework for land and seascape protection and will delve deeply into new thinking, drawing on powerful local exemplars and fresh international models. Through New Eyes will explore a ‘third way’ – a new, innovative approach to better protect highly valued, private land.…

Dr Jane Goodall warns New Zealand's environment is 'in crisis' in new agreement

New Zealand is facing an environmental crisis and needs urgent action from all sectors of society, renowned conservationist Dr Jane Goodall has warned. 
With six non-governmental organisations, Goodall has signed  "the Aotearoa Deal for Nature" calling for an end to all new oil and gas exploration, mining on conservation land, and reform of the Resource Management Act.  
"Our natural world…

Uncertainty swirls over Mackenzie dairy plan

newsroom article by David Williams
The legal battle over a large dairy farm planned for the Mackenzie Basin is heading to the High Court. David Williams reports.
The future of the Mackenzie Basin’s Simons Pass Station – a lightning rod for national environmental opposition – remains as unclear as a swirling effluent pond.
Dunedin businessman Murray Valentine has spent 16 years and…

EDS News: April 2019

Environmental Defence Society's latest newsletter.
This issue covers:

Mackenzie Country Declarations Successful; 
Crown Pastoral Land Submission; 
Resource Management Reform Workshops; 
Resource Management Seminar in Auckland in May; 
Through new eyes: rethinking landscape in Aotearoa (EDS 2019 Conference); 
Landscape management needs a makeover; 
Forestry needs a wake-up call; 
Farming the sea: EDS takes a closer look at aquaculture; 
Office Manager: part-time…

Hauraki Gulf clean-up push needed ahead of America's Cup - business group

Radio New Zealand
A business group is warning that time is running out to halt the flow of pollution into the Hauraki Gulf before the focus falls on Auckland for the 2021 America's Cup.
The Sustainable Business Network says that deadline should act as a wake-up call for companies to take action.
Chief executive Rachel Brown said on a sunny…

Local Government magazine publishes article on EDS's RM reform project

LG, New Zealand's Local Government Magazine, has just published an article on EDS's resource management reform project.
Greg Severinsen and Raewyn Peart have just published a report on our country’s resource management system. Here they outline their message to local government. As we begin 2019, there is a palpable sense of change in the air. However, it’s not just in…

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…

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. 

Last updated at 4:06PM on June 11, 2019