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Environment

A Parliamentary idealist goes

James Shaw’s resignation yesterday as co-leader of the Greens marks the end of an era in New Zealand politics. Former Green MP Gareth Hughes told...

“Financially reckless” Parker ignores election

Environment Minister David Parker is pressing ahead with a report which will almost certainly advocate greater rights for Maori over water allocation. Parker has set...

An ill wind

National Leader Christopher Luxon likes to bag the way the Resource Management Act worked. Though it has been repealed and replaced by the Labour government,...

The voice in the Minister’s ear

David Parker’s ambitious transport plans announced yesterday bear the heavy imprint of his good friend, Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown. Brown gets some of his pet...

We’re not there yet; replacing the RMA

The new resource management legislation approved by Parliament yesterday will now take at least two years before it immediately impacts people seeking resource consent. It...

Losing our farms

The Government’s announcement yesterday on aiming for 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030 came at the same as a warning that we are...

Huge reform effort could be in vain

What will undoubtedly be the most controversial legislation Parliament will deal with this session, the Natural and Built Environments Bill and the Spatial Planning...

Report offers suprising conclusion

Environment Minister David Parker may not have been the most popular Minister at the Agricultural Fieldays in Hamilton yesterday, but he can return to...

National wins support for farm emissions proposals

National got a positive reception to its far emissions proposals yesterday, with the two key agricultural sector organisations, DairyNZ and Beef and LambNZ, welcoming...

Collins paves the way

National's announcement yesterday of support for genetic engineering is the prelude to today's unveiling of its farm emissions policy. The GE policy announcement also signals...

Reality shatters Ardern’s dream

Reality appears to be about to shatter Jacinda Ardern's dream that New Zealand could lead the world in showing how to deal with farm...

Parker sidesteps his own legislation

David Parker’s resource management shortcuts that he announced yesterday run against the current of much of what is in the Natural and Built Environments...

National goes populist but avoids the big question

National made its pitch to its own heartland yesterday with its farming policy which should get a good reception even though it fails to...

Hipkins abandons Ardern’s arguments and goes back to basics

The Government has clearly been spooked by the populist anti-Three Waters protest and has caved in on some critical elements of the original proposal. The...

Select Committee told slow down; you’re moving too fast

The chair of Parliament’s Select Committee looking at the Government’s resource management legislation wants the bills sent back for more public consultation. The proposal would...