Saturday, December 7, 2019

Environment

The huge water bill

The Government is to establish a National Environmental Standard for wastewater and stormwater discharges which could cost local government nearly $5 billion over the...

The air is heating up

Forest and Bird CEO, Kevin Hague, appearing yesterday before Parliament’s Environment Select Committee, defined the question that will dominate its proceedings over the next...

Can Parker get the votes to reform the RMA

The path between yesterday’s announcement of a Resource Management Act review and its eventual passage into law threatens to be as torturous as the...

Now it gets hard – making farmers pay for methane

The Government is now set for some complex coalition politics as it tries to reach an agreement with farmers and its coalition partners ---...

Possible changes to ETS and overseas investment law to prevent rural land boom

The Government may have to now look at putting limits on the Emissions Trading Scheme to prevent the unintended consequences of a rural land...

How NZ First blew up the bipartisan deal on climate change

National's Climate Change spokesperson Todd Muller has been forced to defend his closed doors meetings with Climate Change Minister James Shaw as they tried...

Culture clash on climate

Parliament saw what amounted to a clash of cultures as it debated yesterday the Zero Carbon Bill. The debate is the first step on the...

Peters trying to avoid being stranded on climate change

NZ First is in potential trouble with its provincial base over its stance on two issues --- climate change and overseas ownership. And it runs...

Why is James Shaw apologising to Todd Muller over climate change ?

A bi-partisan cross-party consensus on how to manage climate change appears to be in danger of breaking down over a last minute change to...

More rights for Maori under new planning rules

Major changes to the Resource Management process announced by Environment Minister David  Parker on Friday include the creation of a new planning zone specifically...