Media Release: EDS welcomes the Randerson Panel’s proposals to repeal the RMA

29 Jul

EDS is broadly supportive of the report, released today, of the government’s independent resource management reform panel. The report offers wide-ranging recommendations for deep, fundamental reforms. Key recommendations include: Repealing the RMA Replacing it with a Natural and Built Environments Act with a revised purpose and principles. A major shift from managing environmental effects to achieving positive outcomes. Creating a new Strategic Planning Act, requiring the preparation of regional spatial…

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27 Jul

Media Release: EDS Calls for Environmental Stewardship and Planning Act to replace the RMA

EDS has today released a report outlining the key points of Phase 3 of its resource management system reform project. This looks at system reform through an urban lens – how it would play out in the context of our towns and cities. It calls for the creation of new legislation to replace the Resource Management Act. Phase 3 builds upon the two previous phases of the work, which analysed the…

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06 Jul

Media Release: EDS files proceedings against New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is filing Declaration Proceedings in the Environment Court today (Monday) concerning the storage of ouvea premix at sites on Kana Street, Mataura, Southland. The Mataura sites were nearly inundated with floodwaters in February sparking a civil defence emergency. New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited’s (NZAS) aluminium processing produces a by-product called dross. Dross can be subjected to an aluminium recovery and recycling process. One of the…

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26 Jun

Media release: Leading Climate Change and Business Conference confirmed for October in Auckland

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is pleased to be proceeding with its annual Climate Change and Business Conference in October this year. “We are delighted to confirm that our event will go ahead as planned. It will be held in Auckland on 6-7 October 2020. Feedback from conference supporters is strongly in favour of holding an in-person conference, though we will also offer livestreaming registration options,” said Conference Organiser Fiona…

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18 Jun

EDS News June 2020

EDS SUBMISSION ON COVID-19 FAST TRACK BILL CALLS FOR CHANGES:  MACKENZIE HIGH COURT CASE HEARING:  Read all the updates in EDS's latest June 2020 Newsletter.

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10 Jun

Media statement: EDS seeks a better future for the Mackenzie Country

In a new report released today, the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has called for better protection of the Mackenzie Country through improved use of existing management tools as well as 2 new key initiatives: the establishment of a Mackenzie Drylands Protected Area, comprising publicly-owned land; and the creation of a Mackenzie Basin Heritage Landscape which would provide an extra protective layer over the balance of the Basin combined with substantial…