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Swimming together; the coalition agrees on freshwater reforms

As expected Environment Minister David Parker unveiled the Government’s almost-final freshwater reforms yesterday with a backdown on the controversial dissolved...

NZ First forces Parker backdown

Intense lobbying by agriculture groups and the opposition of NZ First has forced Environment Minister David Parker to back off some of his tough...

Holding up the recovery

Environment Minister David Parker has yet to seal the deal to get the numbers to pass his fast track RMA changes through Parliament. Any delays...

Parker’s new fast track RMA law may only be the start

The Government yesterday moved to allow infrastructure projects to circumvent the Resource Management Act. There are plans to rush the proposals through Parliament. And then there...

We’ve got a long way to go yet

One of Auckland biggest construction projects – presumably the Convention Centre --- will only be able to operate at 30 per under its usual...

Behind the scenes at Parker’s freshwater battle

The battle of the waterways took another turn yesterday with the release of a major report on their state. The report produced by the Ministry...

After the lockdown, here comes the biggest construction boom – ever.

The construction industry should be back to work in May on a vast infrastructure build that is likely to be the biggest in New...

Jones answers the “rednecks”

Forestry Minister Shane Jones is working on major changes to the one billion trees programme. This comes after a vocal farmer protest movement set up...

Climate change’s odd couple almost agree

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has thrown down the gauntlet to politicians by yesterday announcing the members of the Climate Change Commission. All six of...

Making peace with farmers

The Prime Minister yesterday and the Environment Minister on Tuesday appear to have mounted an operation to mend fences with farmers. Only a month after...

How Bridges let the Blue Greens redefine National

National‘s decision last Thursday to vote for the Zero Carbon Bill is the end of a long process of debate within the...

Shaw stakes political future on historic farm agreement

The Greens co-leader James Shaw yesterday laid his political reputation on the line with his backing of a deal with farm leaders.to...

Farm leaders win Government backdown

In what risks being seen as another u-turn, and with what amounts to a substantial reversal of Labour’s election campaign policy, the Government is set to launch a charm offensive on farmers today with a backdown over putting agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Light rail chief says think again

The Government official in charge of the Auckland light rail project at the New Zealand Transport Agency has been questioning the whole...

Political heat goes on climate legislation

The Environment Select Committee hearing submissions on the Zero Carbon Bill

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