And in snippets...
Port Gore, the Bay that EDS saved from a salmon farm development via proceedings in the Supreme Court is now before the Environment Court on fresh consents for a mussel farm. EDS is opposing.
New Chums Beach threat from the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill which is back in the House and is still in a state of flux as the Maori Party works to get it into a final version that it can support. The Bill has improved with many but not all of the Ministerial override powers removed. Serious concerns still remain about further constraints on public participation and big concessions to subdividers. The changes do not bode well for the future of special places like New Chums Beach.
The Environmental Legal Assistance fund (ELA) has run out of money 3 months before year-end. Decisions are also lamentably slow, held up in the Minister for the Environment’s office. This is causing great concern for litigants who often don’t hear about funding until after cases have been heard. Minister Smith is undoubtedly busy so how about delegating this role to his Parliamentary Private Secretary, Scott Simpson?
Forest & Bird has pulled out of the Land and Water Forum. Federated Mountain Clubs has also reportedly withdrawn (although it was much less active in the Forum). EDS is staying because we think this gives us better leverage to push for the Forum’s consensus to be adopted by Government than if we were outside. Key issues needing addressing include swimmability (2040 seems a long way off); Nitrogen and Macroinvertebrates.
Seachange is now complete – we have a spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf. Now it’s implementation time. What we can’t allow to happen is councils reverting to business as usual. EDS is pushing hard for action from all the relevant agencies.
Tipping Points, EDS’s 2017 conference is being held in Auckland in August 2017. For more information go the conference website.