Saturday, April 24, 2021

Environment

Behind the scenes at Parker’s freshwater battle

The battle of the waterways took another turn yesterday with the release of a major report on their state. The report produced by the Ministry...

After the lockdown, here comes the biggest construction boom – ever.

The construction industry should be back to work in May on a vast infrastructure build that is likely to be the biggest in New...

Jones answers the “rednecks”

Forestry Minister Shane Jones is working on major changes to the one billion trees programme. This comes after a vocal farmer protest movement set up...

Climate change’s odd couple almost agree

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has thrown down the gauntlet to politicians by yesterday announcing the members of the Climate Change Commission. All six of...

Making peace with farmers

The Prime Minister yesterday and the Environment Minister on Tuesday appear to have mounted an operation to mend fences with farmers. Only a month after...

How Bridges let the Blue Greens redefine National

National‘s decision last Thursday to vote for the Zero Carbon Bill is the end of a long process of debate within the party which...

Shaw stakes political future on historic farm agreement

The Greens co-leader James Shaw yesterday laid his political reputation on the line with his backing of a deal with farm leaders.to cut methane...

Farm leaders win Government backdown

In what risks being seen as another u-turn, and with what amounts to a substantial reversal of Labour’s election campaign policy, the Government is set to launch a charm offensive on farmers today with a backdown over putting agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

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 concept. Carl Devlin...

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 been overturned. It...

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 to force...

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...