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21 Jan

Gary Taylor: Five big environmental reforms this year

2022 will be a big year for environmental reform. The Resource Management Act will be repealed and replacement laws passed. Regional councils will continue developing new plans to better protect and improve freshwater. A start will be made on modernizing our conservation management system. Changes in the marine space are expected. Most importantly, our Emissions Reduction Plan will be in place by the middle of the year. Collectively, these are…

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14 Dec

EDS News: December 2021

Best wishes for the holiday break from EDS On behalf of our team at EDS, we wish our supporters the very best for a relaxing holiday break and much improved 2022. It’s been tough year for all. Fortunately EDS has been luckier than many in that our work has continued throughout the Auckland lockdowns although with some extensions to deadlines. During the year, we have seen our efforts to encourage…

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06 Dec

New Chums Beach headland bought by New Zealand Coastal Trust

The northern headland of New Chums Beach in Wainuiototo Bay has been brought into public ownership. The 30ha property was tendered for sale on behalf of receivers appointed by the Bank of New Zealand after Galt Nominees, owned by businessman George Kerr, defaulted on a mortgage. The purchase was made by the New Zealand Coastal Trust with support from mana whenua, Preserve New Chum for Everyone, the Whangapoua Beach Ratepayers…

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23 Nov

New coalition demands a halt to further large-scale exotic carbon farming

The Native Forest Coalition representing the Environmental Defence Society, Pure Advantage, Rod Donald Trust, the Tindall foundation, Project Crimson, Dame Anne Salmond and Dr Adam Forbes, has released a policy statement and recommendations on native forests, highlighting the urgent need to halt the rapid proliferation of pine plantations driven by high carbon prices and short-term policy settings. The Coalition strongly favours prioritising native forestry over exotics and argues that before…

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18 Nov

EDS submission on the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill calls for stronger recognition of the natural environment and urban design

EDS has filed its submission on the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. The Bill follows on from a number of other initiatives designed to facilitate denser urban development in our cities, including several iterations of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPSUD), the Urban Development Act and the Auckland Unitary Plan process. In a novel move, the Bill was jointly announced several weeks ago…

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08 Nov

New Chums headland for sale, needs permanent protection says EDS

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is working with local groups and mana whenua to bring the northern headland of New Chums Beach into public ownership to protect it forever. This 30ha lot is part of the wider New Chums property in Wainuiototo Bay and is being separately marketed by Colliers on behalf of the Bank of New Zealand. The wider property is subject to Environment Court proceedings over a proposed…