Mackenzie farming plans restricted by court decision

Article by David Williams
The Environment Court has confirmed when tough new rules restricting development in the Mackenzie district will come into force, which should thwart a dozen consent applications made this year for agricultural intensification and conversion.
In a 36-page decision released last Friday, the last business day before Christmas, Judge Jon Jackson declared that the rules of a…

NZ Herald: Make natives major part of billion-tree plan

Not a billion more pines, please
By Gary Taylor, CEO, Environmental Defence Society
A billion trees is a lot of trees. The government plans to plant (or to have others plant) them over the next 10 years. It looks like a good idea: trees are good, right? But some trees are better than others and that’s why the programme needs…

Report slams Mackenzie tenure review

Article by David Williams on newsroom.
Suggestions that land-use changes in the South Island high country are a 'train wreck' have been confirmed by new research, which heaps pressure on the new Government to act quickly before more Mackenzie Basin land is put into private hands through tenure review. David Williams reports.
New research suggests the law controlling tenure review…

Marine biodiversity and taonga species: slipping through the cracks

EDS's lawyer Madeleine Wright and Sally Gepp (Environmental Lawyer, Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society) have and article published in the latest Resource Management Journal (RMJ). Marine biodiversity and taonga species are being lost in the gap between regional coastal plan and Fisheries Act spheres of control. Yet if the ocean’s ecosystems fail, the fishing industry will too. Recent reports paint…

University Essay Competition

Each year EDS runs an essay competition for university students.
The Competition: designed to stimulate interest in environmental law and encourage excellence in legal research and writing.
The Prize: attendance at EDS's 2018 annual conference in Auckland (August 2018) including travel and accomodation as required.
See full details on the EDS website.

Australia-New Zealand Climate Change & Business Conference: speaker presentations, photos etc.

All the speaker presentations and some photos from onsite at the conference are now online. 
Thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and supporters and thanks to all who attended and contributed. See it all here.

Key election issues - the environment: Radio Live

Gary Taylor from EDS and Russel Norman from Greenpeace discuss environmental issues on Radio Live this afternoon. Listen in....

EDS urges tourism sector to get active in environmental advocacy

Media Release: EDS urges tourism sector to get active in environmental advocacy
The Environmental Defence Society has urged the tourism sector to get more active in advocating for New Zealand’s natural heritage at the Tourism Export Council’s conference in Te Anau today.
Presenting a keynote address, EDS CEO Gary Taylor said that the environmental movement and the tourism industry had…

Kennedy Warne on Tipping Points: RNZ National

Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne
Outdoorsman Kennedy Warne discusses environmental tipping points.

Wyland Foundation: Dive New Zealand magazine recognition award

Raewyn Peart has just been awarded the 2017 Wyland Foundation Recognition Award.
To have a dream and to see it materialise into a reality is one of life’s joys.
In 2002 it occurred to the team at Dive New Zealand/ Dive Pacific magazines that there were many people who have or who are unselfishly…

Troubled Waters: NZ Geographic

Swimmable rivers or more hooves on pastures—is there a way of improving water quality without paralysing the primary sector? Or has agriculture reached an environmental tipping point?
Read the full article here.

Salmon stoush exposes RMA loophole

Kathryn Ryan talks to MPI's Luke Southorn and Gary Taylor from the Environmental Defence Society about a decision by the Ministry for Primary Industries to support King Salmon's bid to construct five new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.
Listen here....

Are you EDS's new Resource Management Policy Advisor?

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) will be shortly embarking on a major project to review New Zealand’s entire resource management system and identify options for fundamental reform. This will include canvassing emerging resource management challenges, reviewing innovative approaches internationally and tapping into the collective knowledge and experience in New Zealand. We are seeking to employ a Resource Management Policy Advisor…

Media Release: EDS congratulates the Productivity Commission on urban planning report

The Environmental Defence Society has praised the Productivity Commission’s report on urban planning which was released earlier today.
“The report is a very comprehensive, thoughtful and constructive analysis of the resource management system from the perspective of the needs of towns and cities,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.
“The report finds that resource management challenges in towns and rural areas…

Media Release: EDS commends OECD Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand

The Environmental Defence Society has lauded the OECD's Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand 2017, which was released earlier today.
“The OECD has produced a hard-hitting Review which should act as a wake-up call for the current Government," said EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart.
“The Review confirms that the country is currently on the wrong economic track, relying on increasing…

Latest EDS News now available - March 2017

There's lots happening! Here's what we touch on in our latest newsletter...
King Salmon Round 2; Mackenzie Country; Last Line of Defence; Port Gore under pressure again; New Chums threat from RLAB; ELA Fund troubles; Freshwater reforms; Seachange; Tipping Points
Read more.

Media Release: Resource Legislation Amendment Bill gives free rein to subdivision

EDS has reviewed the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill that was reported back to Parliament earlier this week.
“It appears as if a number of the provisions that were of concern to EDS have been removed from the Bill. These include some but not all of the Ministerial override powers,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.
“However there are still provisions that…

EDS releases ground-breaking research into environmental compliance

Article in the Dominion Post.
The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has today released its new report ‘Last Line of Defence: compliance, monitoring and enforcement of New Zealand’s environmental law’ by Senior Policy Analyst Dr Marie Brown. The report highlights concerning weaknesses and calls for significant improvements across a range of agencies.
“In our view environmental compliance is an important but…

Dream for iconic Mackenzie Basin one step closer to reality

Media Release from the Mackenzie Country Trust:
In Twizel last Thursday members of the Mackenzie Country Trust formally adopted their Strategic Framework, bringing them one step closer to realising a local and national vision to protect and preserve the unique and truly iconic landscapes of the Mackenzie Basin while at the same time, supporting a flourishing and sustainable economy.

Media Release: Key landscape decision released by the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal judgement in Man O’ War Station v Auckland Council has been released today and EDS has welcomed the comprehensive rejection of the appellant company’s position.
This is a case in which EDS was a party because of its relationship with the earlier Supreme Court decision in EDS v King Salmon which established new robust legal principles…

Media Release: EDS welcomes freshwater announcements, calls for more urgency

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of the latest round of freshwater reforms.
“The announcement is generally consistent with some of the Land and Water Forum’s recommendations,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.
“For the first time, swimmability is the objective in freshwater management.
“We will have transparency regarding which lakes and rivers are in fact swimmable…

Media Release: Dodgy process for King Salmon expansion

The Ministry for Primary Industries has initiated a process to give King Salmon Ltd an “easy ride” for approvals for new salmon farms in the protected Outer Marlborough Sounds, says the Environmental Defence Society.
“MPI is essentially acting as a co-applicant for approvals that will override the Marlborough Council’s plans that prohibit aquaculture development in the Outer Sounds and that…

Sea changes and stormy weather ahead (article in Local Government Perspectives 2017)

The long-awaited, and much-debated Resource Legislation Amendment
Bill should finally pass into law in 2017. But any new regime must
meet the needs of a very different world to the one envisaged a
quarter of a century ago when the legislation first came into effect.
Read the article by Gary Taylor in the Local Government Perspectives 2017 magazine here. 

Media Release: EDS calls for improvements in draft energy efficiency strategy

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has released its submission on the draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NEECS). It has called for an economy-wide target for energy efficiency, and for sector targets that have some substance.
“In our view energy efficiency is a vital component of our overall effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as improving…

Last updated at 3:38PM on December 28, 2017