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21 Dec

EDS Update: Summer 2020

Thanks to all our members and supporters for what has been a challenging but still productive year for EDS. And best wishes to everyone for a much-needed holiday break and improved 2021! While C19 lockdowns meant we mostly worked from respective homes, EDS staff managed to keep the policy work going at pace.  We’ve nearly finished the major Landscape Study with five case studies already published. The synthesis report will…

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11 Dec

Media Release: EDS welcomes High Court decision relating to dairy conversions at Simons Pass Station in the Mackenzie Basin

EDS welcomes the High Court decision upholding declarations made by the Environment Court that resource consents for agricultural conversion (including irrigation) at Simons Pass Station are a discretionary activity. Simons Pass Station was unsuccessful in its appeal that the decision was an error in law.   “Yesterday the High Court confirmed that the consents for Simons Pass Station will need to be assessed as full discretionary activity,” said EDS CEO Gary…

Climate Change + Business Conference 2020: video recordings now available to all Read full post…
08 Dec

Climate Change + Business Conference 2020: video recordings now available to all

For those of you who missed the recent Climate Change + Business Conference, you can now access video recordings of all of the sessions on the EDS website here. Thank you to all our sponsors, supporters, speakers and delegates who made the 2020 Climate Change + Business Conference possible. Last week the New Zealand Government announced a climate emergency. From ambition and rhetoric to action and urgency...it’s time to “build…

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30 Nov

Media Statement: EDS calls for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act to be beefed up

In a new report released today, the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has called for a strengthening of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 to better protect the landscapes of the Hauraki Gulf Islands. The report is one of a series of case studies EDS is undertaking as part of a broader investigation into landscape protection in New Zealand. EDS has already released case study reports on the Mackenzie Basin,…

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24 Nov

EDS calls for independent body to oversee the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area

In a new report released today, the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has called for beefed up  oversight of the Waitākere Ranges. The report is one of a series of case studies EDS is undertaking as part of a broader investigation into landscape protection in New Zealand. EDS has already released case study reports on the Mackenzie Basin and tourism and landscape protection. Co-authored by EDS Solicitor Cordelia Woodhouse, lawyer Shay…

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03 Nov

Media Release: EDS pleasantly surprised by some Cabinet decisions

The Cabinet line-up for environment, conservation and climate change is extremely encouraging, says the Environmental Defence Society. “David Parker was always a shoo-in for the environment portfolio, given Labour’s commitment to reform of the resource management system. Those changes will be deep and wide-ranging. There’s no one better to meet that challenge especially given the heroic timeframe for implementation,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “What’s a big surprise is that…