RMS amendments

The Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has been tabled, the first of two amendments to the RMA. It will make the following changes to the principal Act and national direction made under it: It will exclude the hierarchy of Te Mana o te Wai in the National...

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Building materials recycled

CTA submissions to Auckland Council have often included words like the following:  “We suggest that there should be much less building waste. Too much existing building fabric gets thrown out, including native timber, and there should be the necessary investment in education and the development of rules to encourage or...

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Camera footage on fishing boats – petition

Since cameras were installed on 127 commercial fishing boats, reports of dolphin captures have increased by 680% while albatross captures and fish dumping have also increased hugely. This shows that cameras on boats work, but this information must be made available. This Greenpeace petition calls on the government to make...

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Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

12 countries and 100 cities (to date) are seeking a negotiating mandate for a Fossil Fuel Treaty. These countries are: Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Niue, Timor-Leste, Antigua and Barbuda, Palau, Colombia, Samoa, and Nauru. They have been supported by the World Health Organization, the European Parliament and thousands...

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Free Fares Campaign petition

The Free Fares Campaign has a petition here: https://transport4all.org.nz/petition In summary, it reads: We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about the new coalition government’s approach to transport, which fails to recognise the crucial contribution trains, buses, ferries, walking and cycling make to maintaining and improving the efficiency, value and speed...

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Pollution in Manukau Harbour

Sea Cleaners and Manukau Harbour Forum chair Jon Turner recently spent a morning in a hovercraft ferrying up and down the mudflats to remove tyres that had been used in old seawalls. They collected about 250 but there are thousands of them. Sea Cleaners report the volume of rubbish removed...

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Government’s new fast-track consenting regime

The Environmental Defence Society is critical of the government’s intention to establish a new fast-track consenting regime, as outlined in this letter, sent by the Minister for Resource Management Reform to stakeholders on 31 January. The new stand-alone law will enable Ministers to approve projects that are locally, regionally or...

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New standards for recycling

New national standards for recycling come into effect on 1 February 2024, with identical guidelines across the country for what items can and cannot be placed in kerbside recycling bins. Items accepted in kerbside recycling bins from 1 February: Glass bottles and jars Paper and cardboard Plastic bottles, trays, and...

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