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Environment

Now the hard part on climate change is about to begin

The Prime Minister is set to declare a climate change emergency today, but she has already conceded that New Zealand is unlikely to meet...

Minister bids for bipartisan end to Auckland jams

The Government looks set to try and ask National to put its votes where its mouth once was over congestion charging for Auckland. Transport Minister...

Parker gets around the RMA to rev up mattress factory

Environment Minister David Parker yesterday indicated he was ready to wade into the middle of a Resource Management row which has pitted two Waikato councils...

“This crisis is too big; we cannot wait any longer”

Housing Minister Megan Woods sat backstage at the Infrastructure New Zealand symposium yesterday and heard a damning indictment of her Government's housing policies coming...

Covid recovery cannot return to the status quo

The Government is ready to turn the reform of the Resource Management Act next year into the basic tool to define what sort of...

Not as easy as it looks

The way Judith Collins tells it, National’s  Resouce Management Act policy is simple; the Act will go and what will follow will make development...

Parker hints at Tiwai Point survival

Environment Minister David Parker is now hinting that the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter may be able to survive. New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS),smelter at...

100% renewable – but at a price

The Government appears to accept the inevitability of the Tiwai Point smelter closing even though talks between New Zealand Aluminium Smelters and the Government...

Parker moves to quell farmer protests

Environment Minister David Parker's freshwater reforms have struck another hurdle, and a backdown on part of them is imminent. Opposition from Southland farmers to strict...

The new RMA: fewer plans and consents, more Government direction and Maori involvement

The Randerson report on the Resource Management Act yesterday splits the Act in two and subtly moves power in the planning system towards the...

A little bit the Muldoon way

National's new leader Judith Collins plans to bypass the Resource Management Act for all of the upper North Island infrastructure projects announced last Friday. The...

Where the water reforms will end up

The Government has now committed to what will end up being the most radical upheaval of local Government since the Auckland city merger. This time...

Shane Jones blames the Greens

The Government’s promise to spend $3 billion creating shovel ready jobs for those unemployed because of Covid-19 has run into a Parliamentary logjam. The legislation...

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 inorganic nitrogen limits. Now the...

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...