EDS Latest News - December 2018

In this last communication from EDS for the year, we update some recent developments and look forward to what we have ahead in 2019. But the main message we’d like to convey to our supporters and those with an interest in our work is our best wishes for a safe and relaxing summer holiday! This is a time when we…

NZ First sinks coalition partners' plan for fisheries review

NZ First has scuppered plans for a panel to provide advice on New Zealand's fishing industry.
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash planned to revitalise the technical advisory panel, which was set up by the National Government to give expert advice on making fishing sustainable long-term.
But in the latest of a series of backdowns those plans are now abandoned, a source…

EDS scaremongering on fisheries management? Make up your own mind

Stuff recently reported that Shane Jones and NZ First have blocked an EDS appointment of our Policy Director Raewyn Peart to a Ministerial fisheries advisory group. The reason given is our recent publication Voices from the Sea which reveals a number of problems with the operation of the fisheries management system. The fisheries industry, which is close to Minister Jones,…

Resource Management Reform: Working Paper 3 now available in hard copy - limited numbers

Limited hard copies are available of EDS's third working paper in the Resrouce Management Reform project.
The project is taking a first-principles look at how New Zealand’s resource management system operates and how it could be improved for the coming decades.
Following on from the first two papers, which examined a wide variety of matters from ethics to legislative design,…

2018 Climate Change & Business Conference Photos!

See some of the photos we took onsite at this year's conference....

Climate Change & Business Conference: Speaker Presentations now available!

Speaker presentations and videos of Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer and PM Jacinda Ardern are now available on the EDS website.

IPCC report just released: Global Warming of 1.5degreesC

The day before the Climate Change and Business Conference the IPPC has released its ground breaking report on Global Warming of 1.5degreesC. The report says urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to reach that target, which it says is affordable and feasible. The difference between 1.5degrees and 2degrees of warming is significant. The proportion of the global population exposed to…

The Human Element Movie Premiere

Brought to you by Pure Advantage, the Climate Change & Business Conference is pleased to host the New Zealand Premiere of The Human Element. A riveting and visually rich documentary, telling stories of climate change impact with compassion and heart.
We are on the frontlines of climate change, a reality that is challenging us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural…

Climate Change & Business Conference: It Starts in the Boardroom: changing the business climate

Tuesday 9 October 2018, 2.00pm – 5. 35pm (followed by networking drinks until 7.00pm)
Join the Institute of Directors and the Climate Change & Business Conference for an afternoon of upskilling on climate change. Start by hearing from some of the world’s leading sustainable businesses on why climate action…

Managing ETS Price Risk: Climate Change & Business Conference

The Australia-New Zealand Climate Change & Business Conference is just over 3 weeks away.
Wednesday 10 October 2018
Climate-resilient, low-carbon investment is needed at an unprecedented speed and scale. The introduction of a Zero Carbon Act should help bring the certainty and stability needed for investment. But the question still remains: how do businesses pay…

Climate Change & Business Conference: New Business: Innovating for Climate

The Australia-New Zealand Climate Change & Business Conference is just under 6 weeks away.
Session 2 – New Business: Innovating for Climate
A Zero Carbon Act will bring structure to the national transition to net zero which will inevitably have implications for how kiwis’ do business. Leading climate lawyer Simon Watt will examine what those are. But the legislative framework is only…

Climate Change & Business Conference: Session 1: New Approach: a Zero Carbon Bill & Climate Commission

Read more about each session as we post more information on the website and Facebook.
Starting at the beginning.... Session 1: New Approach: a Zero Carbon Bill & Climate Commission
The government is currently consulting on a Zero Carbon Bill and independent Commission. By 9th October that process will be over and a Bill is likely to be almost before the…

2018 EDS Conference: videos and presentations now available!

Following a hugely successful conference last week, Green Light or Light Green?, we are pleased to be able to make available videos of all conference sessions and powerpoint presentations where available.
View them on the EDS website.

Have we been too hands off when it comes to our environment?

Blog post by Catherine Knight on envirohistorynz.com
Reflecting on what I learnt from researching the last 50 years of environmental policy and management in New Zealand, a question has arisen in my mind that is – I believe – a vitally important one, with strong relevance to the environmental challenges we face today. That is, in rejecting “top-down” town planning, as represented…

The shocking decline of the Hauraki Gulf

Conservationists are calling on the government to take urgent action in the Hauraki gulf, which has lost more than half its marine life in the last century.

Can the Hauraki Gulf be saved?
Disturbing truth revealed about Hauraki Gulf in new report

Snapper and crayfish numbers are down more than 80 percent since the 1920s, with 86 percent fewer trevally…

EDS Submission: Review of Sustainability Measures for 2018/19

EDS has made a submission on the review of sustainability measures for 2018/19 as set in the Fisheries New Zealand (Fisheries NZ) Discussion Paper No: 2018/05 (Discussion Paper). The submission applies to:

Closure of Kaipara Harbour scallop fishery.
Flatfish (FLA 1).
John Dory (JDO 1).
Tarakihi (TAR 1, 2, 3, 7)

Read the full submission on our website.

Hauraki Gulf Health inertia

Kathryn Ryan interviews Liane Ngamane and Raewyn Peart on Nine to Noon, Radio New Zealand National.
There's disappointment and frustration from some groups over the lack of official response to a groundbreaking report on how to improve the deteriorating health of the Hauraki Gulf. When it was released at the end of 2016 - SeaChange - Tai Timu Tai Pari…

Our Climate Your Say: EDS Submission

Today EDS made its submission to the The Our Climate Your Say Discussion Document.
You can view the Discussion Document and EDS's Submission here on our website. 


It's easy to do. Check out our donations page for more information or click on the Support EDS button on the right of the Home page. 

Minister mulls clamp on commissioner

Read the full article on newsroom.co.nz.
A shake-up might be on the way for the management of Crown-owned high country farms, in the wake of a controversy involving a Mackenzie Basin irrigation pipeline. David Williams reports.
Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage refuses to rule out reining in the Commissioner of Crown Lands after an irrigation pipeline for a massive dairy…

Others support EDS’s call for an independent inquiry into the fisheries management system

We’ve had evidence of hoki dumping for years. Why did no-one act?
For decades, New Zealand consumers have bought hoki on the assumption that it is a sustainable and properly managed fishery. That’s far from the truth, write Otago and Auckland University researchers Elisabeth Slooten; Bruce Robertson; Glenn Simmons; Graeme Bremner, and Nigel Haworth.
New Zealand’s hoki fishery has come…

Gulf Journal article: Sad Story

Article by Raewyn Peart in GULF JOURNAL.
The Hauraki Gulf has provided rich fishing grounds for centuries. Sadly, commercial overfishing during the 1970s led to plummeting fish stocks. This prompted the introduction of the quota management system (QMS) in 1986. The system created individual tradeable quota (ITQs), which were gifted to fishing vessel owners, and gave them the right to…

EDS Fisheries Seminar Communique

At a seminar last evening hosted by Auckland law firm Simpson Grierson, over 100 people heard a presentation by EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart on her new book Voices from the sea: managing New Zealand’s fisheries. The presentation outlined how the author had interviewed fishers and compiled their views along with those of fishery managers in a critique of our…

What's the bycatch?

More than 10,000 seabirds caught by commercial fishermen since 2013
Environmental campaigners say not enough is being done to protect marine life as new figures show thousands of seabirds are being killed in commercial fishing nets every year.
Since 2013 a dozen whales, two orca, six hectors dolphins and thousands of seals have been caught by commercial fishing vessels in…

Latest EDS News: March 2018

Read EDS's latest newsletter here (pdf).

Green Light or Light Green? EDS's 2018 Conference: Registration available now!

Green Light or Light Green?
The Government’s environmental reforms
1-2 August 2018, Grand Millennium Auckland
The new Labour-led Government has come to power with an ambitious environmental reform agenda. Significant changes are proposed for the Resource Management Act, urban development, freshwater management and climate change. Conservation funding is to be increased and a billion trees planted. The…

Climate Change Update Seminar

EDS, the Climate Change & Business Conference and Westpac held an update seminar on climate change issues on Thursday 15 March. The room was at capacity and the audience were pleased to hear from the Minister for Climate Change, Hon James Shaw and panellists:
Simon Upton, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
Jo Tyndall, New Zealand Climate Change Ambassador
Todd Muller, Climate…

Gulf rescue plan needs teeth

Article in Gulf News by Raewyn Peart.
The ‘roadmap’ for reviving the Hauraki Gulf has been drawn, but it needs statutory backing and a reconfigured Hauraki Gulf Forum, writes Raewyn Peart, policy director at the Environmental Defence Society.
The shine is continuing to fade from Auckland’s biggest jewel – the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. This was confirmed by the latest State…

The case for RMA reform: Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

A high level symposium on resource management organised by Resource Reform NZ was held in Auckland in late February. There was general agreement that there’s a pressing need for fundamental, wide ranging reform. A fit-for-purpose modern resource management system was identified as a crucial component of how New Zealand would address issues such as climate change and generational needs – now…

EDS calls for donations to support 2 key areas of New Zealand: Mackenzie Country & Te Mata Peak

2018 will see big battles over some of our country’s most valued places. A new government offers fresh opportunities for reform. And with your help, EDS will continue to be at the forefront of positive action for our environment.
A focus for EDS is protecting the scenery and ecology that makes New Zealand unique in the world. It’s tough and…

EDS Submission on the Hauraki Gulf & Bay of Plenty Crayfish Stock

EDS has made a submission on the review of sustainability measures applied to the CRA2 Quota Management Area as set in the Ministry of Primary Industries' Discussion Paper No.: 2018/02.
EDS submits that among other action that is required, the Minister should close the CRA2 fishery and require a fuller stock assessment be undertaken in two years’ time (2019) after…

Crayfish quota management in the Gulf a failure

Article in the New Zealand Herald by Raewyn Peart
There are increasing signs that our fisheries management system is broken. The sad fate of the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty crayfish stock (CRA2) is a case in point. It was supposedly under the watchful eye and care of the Ministry for Primary Industries. But a recently released consultation document…

GIVEALITTLE: Raising funds for EDS riding the Tour Aotearoa

David Jones & John Boulton are cycling the length of New Zealand to help protect its natural environment.

They are undertaking the Tour Aotearoa brevet which is a self-supported 3,000km bike trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
With participation in the brevet, each rider must offset all carbon emissions from transport to and from the event. In addition, each cyclist donates…

Mackenzie divisions as wide as ever

Article by David Williams on newsroom. The businessman behind a huge dairy operation being created in the Mackenzie Basin is firing barbs at an Environment Court judge and a green group. David Williams reports.
Dunedin accountant Murray Valentine has been methodical and meticulous in planning for a $100-million-plus dairy conversion in the Mackenzie Basin.
Valentine, the owner of Simons Pass…

Last updated at 1:24PM on December 21, 2018