Media release: EDS proposes transformational Resource Management Reform

11 Dec

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…

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26 Nov

Media Release: EDS welcomes Discussion Document on a proposed NPS on Indigenous Biodiversity

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) welcomes the release of He Kura Koiora I hokia: A discussion document on a proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB). “New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity is facing a crisis. If we fail to halt the decline our native plants and animals will face further extinctions,” says EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “The NPS-IB seeks to address this crisis by providing national direction on how to…

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07 Nov

Media Release: EDS endorses Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) strongly supports Rt Hon Simon Upton’s call for significant improvements to New Zealand’s environmental reporting regime. The Commissioner’s report Focusing Aotearoa New Zealand’s environmental reporting system was released earlier today. “Mr Upton is clearly underwhelmed by the quality of the reporting regime and wants to see a serious commitment from Government to make improvements,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “He restates the need for good…

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05 Nov

Media Release: EDS submission on Resource Management Reform Bill

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has filed its submission on the Resource Management Amendment Bill 2019 with the Environment Select Committee of Parliament. “We are broadly supportive of the proposed amendments, many of which roll back bad changes made last year,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “The Bill removes provisions giving Ministers excessive powers and repeals provisions that many submitters to the previous Bill considered unworkable. It also creates a…

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31 Oct

Media Release: EDS strongly supports freshwater reforms

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has finalised its submission on Action for Healthy Waterways and has filed it today with the Ministry for the Environment. “We have made some changes to the submission following helpful public feedback on our draft over the past couple of days,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “Essentially we strongly endorse the overall approach which is to put ecological health and Te Mana o te Wai…

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24 Oct

Media Release: EDS says farmers will need to perform as promised or lose all credibility

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has cautiously welcomed the announcement today of the new plan to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. “The proposal is certainly innovative and pragmatic and addresses a longstanding policy blockage,” says Gary Taylor, CEO of EDS. “It proposes a future levy-based scheme for pricing on-farm emissions that will be co-designed by the Government and the sector over the next few years. The intention is that it…