Freshwater implementation

To implement its Essential Freshwater package, the government has gazetted new freshwater standards and regulations to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater. These are the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020, National Environmental Standards for Freshwater, and section 360 regulations on stock exclusion and real-time reporting for water takes...

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NZ’s Oceans – parties’ policies

World Wildlife Fund New Zealand asked seven political parties (ACT, Greens, Labour, Māori Party, National, New Conservatives and NZ First) about their commitments to a range of 10 policies for the ocean. This included whether they supported: 30% of our coastal and marine areas fully protected by 2030 Ensuring transparent...

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Petition to bring back general tree protection

Greenpeace has launched a petition calling on the prime minister to urgently reinstate general tree protection across Aotearoa. Sign the petition here. Up to one third of Auckland’s urban trees have been destroyed since the last National Government removed general tree protection in 2012. As our towns and cities become...

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Vote for nature

Forest & Bird are asking New Zealanders to tell our politicians that our environment is important to us. You can send an email to all political leaders asking for: Oceans restored back to health  A safe climate for all life on Earth A kinder economy for people and planet Wild places that...

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Reducing the impact of plastic – feedback sought

The Ministry for the Environment is seeking feedback on two proposals related to plastic design, use and disposal. Proposal 1: The Government is looking to move away from hard-to-recycle plastics, starting with a phase-out of: some polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene packaging all oxo-degradable plastic products. This is part of...

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Encouraging news for the Leys Institute

There is encouraging news for the Leys Institute, a Category 1 and Category A building in St Mary’s Bay which was closed on 20 December. In outlining the board’s work programme for 2020/21, Waitematā Local Board Chair Richard Northey said: “We’ve requested that the Governing Body contribute proceeds from the...

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Has DoC lost the plot?

There is serious concern in conservation circles that the Department of Conservation is losing its way and allowing conservation values – even in national parks – to be subsidiary to catering for tourists and other visitors, to allowing for commercial activities such as mining on conservation land, and for safety...

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