Sunday, February 28, 2021

Environment

Maori Party threatens Government

 Last minute negotiations between the Maori Party and the Government are continuing as Environment Minister Nick Smith bids for the party’s support for his...

Big win for Maori Party will make iwi agreement mandatory for many planning consents

In what has to be seen as a big win for the Maori Party, iwi have gained substantial new powers to have a say...

Auckland transport projects could be brought forward

There are hints that the Government may consider brining forward the start date for some of Auckland's big transport projects like the second harbour...

Paula Bennett says big ETS bills "not a bad thing"

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett is not resiling from the end of the two for one subsidy on Emissions Trading Scheme units which has...

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...

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