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…

Climate Change + Business Conference 2020: video recordings now available to all

For those of you who missed the recent Climate Change + Business Conference, you can now access video recordings of all of the sessions on the EDS website here.
Thank you to all our sponsors, supporters, speakers and delegates who made the 2020 Climate Change + Business Conference possible.
Last week the New Zealand Government announced a climate emergency. From…

EDS News October 2020

New date for EDS / RMLA political seminar
EDS Young Lawyer Fund
Climate Change and Business Conference 2020 next month
EDS v NZ Aluminium Smelters Ltd
Review of Forestry NES
RM Reform
Read all the updates in EDS"s latest October 2020 Newsletter

Media Release: Party environment policies now on the record

Whichever party leads the next government, we now have key environment and conservation commitments on the record. At the RMLA / EDS political seminar last evening in Auckland, party spokespersons were quizzed on their policy settings.
“The idea was to drill down beneath the headlines into some detail in front of an expert audience present in person and online,” said…

Reform of the RM System: the Urban Context FULL REPORT

EDS has today released its full 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…

EDS News August

Freshwater reforms finally underway
Political Seminar to explore environment policies
Read all the updates in EDS"s latest August 2020 Newsletter

EDS News June 2020

Read all the updates in EDS's latest June 2020 Newsletter.

EDS Newsletter: May 2020

EDS's latest newsletter: May 2020
New Office Arrangements
Consistent with Level 2 obligations, the EDS office has reopened – though some staff are choosing to still work from home. Our financial position is manageable in spite of losing some revenue from the cancelled EDS Conference. Support for specific projects and cases is more than usually welcome, however, with donations able to…

Changing Tides: Tai Tōrua webinar series

The Department of Conservation and WWF-New Zealand are proud to announce the launch of Changing Tides (Tai Tōrua): an exciting new webinar series about protecting the well-being of our ocean!
Hosted by the wonderful Elisabeth Easther, Changing Tides will bring together experts from Aotearoa and around the world to discuss issues facing our moana, and the impacts of climate change…

Letter to the Prime Minister: Restoring Aotearoa – a recovery for people and planet

An open letter to the Prime Minister from EDS, Forest & Bird, WWF-NZ, Greenpeace, Generation Zero and Ecologic.
Restoring Aotearoa – a recovery for people and planet
Dear Prime Minister
Last month, the Government made a courageous decision to place the country in lockdown to eliminate COVID-19 and save lives. This has had a significant impact on the economy, on jobs and…

EDS Newsletter: March 2020

EDS's latest newsletter: March 2020
New Office Arrangements
The EDS office has closed and staff are working from their respective homes in Auckland, New Plymouth and Wellington. We are all set up with good connectivity and are sticking as closely to normal as possible in these unprecedented times. This newsletter will briefly outline key activities underway including policy research aimed…

UPDATE: EDS office & staff availability

During the Covid-19 crisis EDS will be working as normally as possible, although staff will all be working from our respective homes. A newsletter setting out more detail about our work programmes will be available on our website here shortly. The best way to contact us is by email. Our email format is [first name]@eds.org.nz.
Kind wishes to everyone. Kia…

Sir Rob Fenwick KNZM KStJ

It is with a profound sense of loss that the team at EDS acknowledges the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Sir Rob Fenwick. He was a leading environmental businessman and passionate advocate for our natural world. Rob actively supported EDS, helping guide our work with priority setting and strategies. His interests, knowledge and networks across the country and…

Jeanette Fitzsimons CNZM

The team at the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) wishes to acknowledge with great respect the passing of Jeanette Fitzsimons, an inspiration and role model for environmental activists and all New Zealanders. Our connections with Jeanette stretch back to the 1980s.
As many others have noted, she was a hugely principled person with a caring yet very staunch disposition. She was…

Food for our Future: EDS Conference 2020 CANCELLED

COVID-19: due to the coronaviris situation, the 2020 conference has been cancelled. 

Our intention is to run the event in August 2021.
We would like to extend our thoughts and best wishes to you all during this uncertain period. 
Kia kaha.

The Environment’s Big Five for 2020

This article appeared in the NZ Herald on Monday 20 January 2020.
There are 5 big environmental issues that the Government needs to deliver on during 2020.
First, making good on the freshwater reform promises: stop further degradation, reverse past damage and fix allocation problems (for both nutrient discharges and water takes). Measures to achieve these are being strongly resisted…

Last updated at 5:13PM on December 21, 2020