Monday, December 16, 2019

Environment

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 ---...

The Zero Carbon Bill: the fine print

It seems the devil is now starting to appear in the Zero Carbon Bill’s detail. Parliament’s Environment Select Committee held their second day of public...