Media Release: Freshwater reforms delivered mostly as promised

28 May

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has welcomed the announcement by Ministers David Parker, Damien O’Connor and James Shaw this morning of the much-awaited freshwater reforms. “This package of changes to the present regulatory settings largely delivers on election promises to deal to pollution of our rivers, lakes, streams, estuaries and wetlands. Those commitments followed strong calls from the wider public for more integrity behind our clean, green brand,” said EDS…

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19 May

EDS Newsletter: May 2020

EDS's latest newsletter: May 2020 New Office Arrangements Consistent with Level 2 obligations, the EDS office has reopened – though some staff are choosing to still work from home. Our financial position is manageable in spite of losing some revenue from the cancelled EDS Conference. Support for specific projects and cases is more than usually welcome, however, with donations able to be made via our website. The team at EDS is…

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14 May

Media Release: Budget 2020: A Green New Deal

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has welcomed the emphasis in Budget 2020 on environmental projects that will create thousands of jobs. “The budget announcement contends that the provision of $1.1 Billion on restoring our natural world will create nearly 11,000 new jobs in the regions where the need is substantial,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “The breakdown of that budget investment includes: $433 million for new jobs in regional environmental…

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07 May

Changing Tides: Tai Tōrua webinar series

The Department of Conservation and WWF-New Zealand are proud to announce the launch of Changing Tides (Tai Tōrua): an exciting new webinar series about protecting the well-being of our ocean! Hosted by the wonderful Elisabeth Easther, Changing Tides will bring together experts from Aotearoa and around the world to discuss issues facing our moana, and the impacts of climate change on our marine environment. Changing Tides will be held weekly…

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06 May

Media Release: Three important points about the fast track Covid-19 RMA bill

Earlier this week EDS responded to the proposed fast-track bill by saying it appears to have a number of important safeguards to protect the environment. We stand by that assessment, subject to seeing the draft, but have 3 new points for the Government to consider. “First, the detailed criteria for decision-making under the bill have only been sketched out in a media release from the Minister,” said EDS CEO Gary…

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03 May

Media Release: Fast track Covid-19 bill appears to have safeguards for the environment

The Government’s fast-track bill appears to have a number of important safeguards to protect the environment, says the Environmental Defence Society (EDS). “In ordinary circumstances this kind of ad hoc override legislation would not be desirable,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “But these are not ordinary times. There is a clear imperative to get economic activity going again and a strong initial surge of public and private sector spending on…