Monday, July 13, 2020

Environment

Nick Smith's deliberate confusion

Environment Minister Nick Smith's landmark water quality policy proposal was starting to look a bit tattered last night with questions about how long it...

Water: 90% pure but the hard bit is yet to come

It’s what’s not in the Government’s new freshwater policy that might prove to ultimately be more important. The policy proposed that 90% of all freshwater...

Smith stalls on big RMA reforms

What are expected to be proposals to radically redraw New Zealand’s planning legislation are about to be delivered to the Government. But the Government is...

Guy uses Trump tactics to overule Resource Management Act

The Government is planning a Muldoon or Trump style "Government by regulation" move to use a previously-unused section of the Resource Management Act to...

Some good news but more bad news from Kaikoura

  And now there is some good news from Kaikoura. Transport Minister Simon Bridges has told POLITIK that the road from the south into Kaikoura may...

A long wait for Kaikoura to get back to normal could cost the South...

Though Minister and officials are yet to get a firm idea on how long State Highway One from Seddon to Cheviot may be closed,...

Auckland's huge infrastructure bill

The Government is expecting Auckland to spend $30 billion on infrastructure over the next ten years --- over half of the total local Government...

Bennett's big climate change plans

The Government is signalling that its plans to meet its UN Climate Change targets may involve radical land use changes such as the conversion...

Saving the Pacific

The full measure of the impact of climate change in the Pacific is clearly evident in an International Monetary Fund report on Tuvalu. The IMF...

Waiting for Cabinet to make its mind up

  The Government’s plan to modernise the Resource Management Act appeared yesterday to be have hit the wall. Meetings at Parliament next week to sign off...

Unlikely alliance calls for Royal Commission into RMA

An unlikely alliance of business lobby groups and environmentalists last night launched a campaign in Auckland to review the whole resource management legislative system. A...

The debate the Government has always wanted Auckland to have

The politics of the next Auckland Council will be stretched to the limit with the revelation yesterday that even what many will consider a...

Goodbye Labour, hello centre, Goff is off

The big blowout on Auckland’s Central Rail Loop announced yesterday will probably add another half billion to the Government’s bill and pose real challenges...

$1300 per house per year for climate change

The Government yesterday announced its intention to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year; a move it conceded...

Nick Smith won't get affordable housing in Auckland

A Government move announced yesterday to make it easier for first home buyers to get a house would cover only 10% of the new...

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