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23 Feb

Media Release: EDS calls for improved landscape protection in resource management reforms

EDS calls for improved landscape protection in resource management reforms.   In a new report released today, the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has called for significant strengthening of the landscape management system in Aotearoa New Zealand.   Caring for the Landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand is the final Synthesis Report from EDS’s 18 month, in-depth investigation into landscape management. EDS has already released case study reports on Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks…

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19 Feb

Media Release: EDS seeks reset of forestry policy to support Banks Peninsula indigenous regeneration

EDS seeks reset of forestry policy to support Banks Peninsula indigenous regeneration In a new report released today, the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has called for a reset of government forestry policy to support indigenous forest regeneration on Banks Peninsula and dis-incentivise exotic forestry expansion. The report is the final in a series of case studies EDS has undertaken as part of a broader investigation into landscape protection in Aotearoa…

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02 Feb

Media Release: Environmental Defence Society secures removal of dangerous ouvea premix from Mataura

Legal proceedings initiated by EDS have resulted in a Court-facilitated agreement between the various parties that means the ouvea premix stored at the old Mataura Paper Mill is to be removed back to the Tiwai Aluminium Smelter site. “We brought proceedings in the Environment Court last year because we considered that New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd (NZAS) was responsible for the continued safe handling of the premix, which posed significant…

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01 Feb

Media Release: Excellent Commission report shows net zero is doable and affordable

EDS has congratulated the Climate Commission on the release of its Advice Report and first budgets and for setting out the direction of travel for our economy to meet the climate change challenge we face as a nation and globally. “The Commission’s report is a truly historic turning point for Aotearoa New Zealand: we are shifting from talking about climate change to beginning the planned journey to a net zero…

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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…