Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Environment

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

Ministers reject Greens environmental argument and approve gold mine expansion

In many ways, Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage is lucky that her decision to block the expansion of the Martha mine has...

Ardern hints at climate change compromise

The Prime Minister gave a heavy hint to the United Nations yesterday that the Government is looking to back off its proposal...

There will be trees on them thar hills

Environment Minister David Parker is dismissing Opposition claims that all of Central Otago will need to be planted in forest for the region to...

Under fire but not backing down

Environment Minister David Parker, under fire from farmer meetings is refusing to bow to their pressure to extend the consultation time on his tough...

NZ First MP hints at changes to the water proposals

There were hints yesterday that there may yet be some changes to the Government’s tough freshwater pollution standards released last Thursday. NZ First MP, Mark...

New water standards could put some farmers out of business

Critics say Environment Minister David Parker’s new freshwater pollution policy announced yesterday risks putting some dairy farmers, particularly in Canterbury, out of business. And there...

Waitangi Tribunal calls for Maori co-management of all freshwater

In what will be a landmark decision, the Waitangi Tribunal yesterday recommended that the Resource Management Act be changed to require co-management by iwi...

Shaw says climate change targets can change

Climate Change Minister James Shaw is not committed to the upper methane limit set out in the Zero Carbon Bill. The proposal that methane be...

Freeing up city planning

The Government yesterday floated a proposed new National Urban Development Policy Standard which would override the Resource Management Act and direct Councils to allow...

Jones speaks frankly about farmers and the environment at private meeting

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is warning that dairy farmers may find themselves struggling when they have to meet new Government environmental requirements...

Shaw says officials gave him bad advice on climate change targets

Climate Change Minister James Shaw rejected the advice of the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) when he set the methane targets for agriculture post-2030. The...

Time for the Jean Genies

Environment Minister David Parker is obviously open to some of the recommendations from a panel of top scientists on genetic modification – but his...

Eating our way to global warming

Greenpeace last night took a UN climate change report as a mandate to call for the halving of the New Zealand dairy herd ---...

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