Food for our Future: EDS Conference 2020

Food for our Future: EDS Conference 2020
15 Feb

Photo: Rob Suisted | www.naturespic.com    SAVE THE DATE: Food for our Future: EDS Conference 2020 05-06 August 2020 (pre conference workshop 04 August) New Zealand has an exceptional reputation internationally for the food it produces, exporting premium quality produce to meet the growing demands of offshore markets.  Without question, the strength of our food exports remains a lynchpin of the New Zealand economy. But the way we produce our food…

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14 Feb

Media Release: EDS submission on the Urban Development Bill calls for stronger environmental safeguards

EDS has filed its submission on the Urban Development Bill. The Bill is a companion piece to last year’s Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Act, which established Kāinga Ora as a government developer and landlord. What the Urban Development Bill now seeks to do is to position this entity as an urban development authority and endow it with a suite of powers to enable it to undertake urban development at…

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21 Jan

Media Release: EDS submission on ETS reforms questions integrity of agricultural sector’s commitments

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has lodged its submission on amendments proposed to the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reforms) Amendment Bill; specifically those that seek to give effect to aspects of the Primary Sector’s Climate Change Commitment He Waka Eke Noa (and as set out in SOP 413).  EDS is concerned that while other sectors are subject to surrender obligations and required to reduce their emission profiles, neither He…

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20 Jan

The Environment’s Big Five for 2020

This article appeared in the NZ Herald on Monday 20 January 2020. There are 5 big environmental issues that the Government needs to deliver on during 2020. First, making good on the freshwater reform promises: stop further degradation, reverse past damage and fix allocation problems (for both nutrient discharges and water takes). Measures to achieve these are being strongly resisted by the agriculture sector and we can expect greater pressure…

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18 Dec

Media Release: EDS report shoots down DairyNZ conclusions re freshwater reform costs

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has released a memorandum from respected University of Auckland economist Professor Tim Hazledine, which analyses the economic modelling commissioned by DairyNZ. He concludes that DairyNZ has misinterpreted its own economic modelling and misrepresented the impact of the freshwater reforms. “We were concerned that DairyNZ had not accurately described what the modelling it commissioned said, and that it was putting a self-serving spin on the data,”…

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11 Dec

Media release: EDS proposes transformational Resource Management Reform

ELECTRONIC AND HARD COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE NOW AVAIALBLE VIA THE EDS WEBSITE. SEE OUR BOOKSHOP AND THE PROJECT PAGE FOR DETAILS. The Minister for the Environment, Hon David Parker, has this evening launched EDS’s final report on its Resource Management Law Reform Project at a function in Wellington. The project took a first-principles look at how New Zealand’s resource management system could be improved. The earlier phase of…