Climate change challenges for government

There are lots of environmental challenges ahead for the government. Climate change is one of the biggest ones.  Urgent action is needed in a range of sectors to move New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions on a clear downward path.    A review by the expert Climate Action Tracker (CAT) in...

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Party environment policies

At the RMLA/EDS seminar last night in Auckland, party spokespersons were asked about their environment policies. EDS chairman and the seminar moderator Gary Taylor says that whichever party leads the next government now has its key environment and conservation commitments on record. “The idea was to drill down beneath the...

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Auckland’s Heritage Counts – 2020 edition

The 2020 edition of Auckland’s Heritage Counts is now available here. The aim of Auckland’s Heritage Counts, started in 2018, is to highlight the variety and extent of Auckland’s heritage and the social/economic benefits these places have, by sharing up-to-date statistics and research each year. The document includes very clear...

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Saving the Town – online heritage toolkit launched

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has launched a toolkit to provide information and strategies encouraging the retention, preservation and reuse of heritage buildings. It is available online. The toolkit includes successful case studies from places such as s Napier, Auckland, Christchurch, Oamaru, Reefton, Whanganui, Dunedin and Invercargill. that have preserved...

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I am Greta – film release 16 October

A new film about Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will be released on 16 October. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Swedish director Nathan Grossma follows Greta as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her extraordinary wind-powered voyage...

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Auckland Heritage Festival: 26 Sept – 11 Oct

Uncover some of the secrets and stories of Tāmaki Makaurau with events across Auckland – many FREE or LOW COST. Learn about generations of famous and infamous Aucklanders, discover the stories of our oldest places and spaces, touch on our best-kept secrets and celebrate our heritage. Events to suit all...

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Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland rā whānau ki a koe!

18 September marked the 180th anniversary of the formal founding of the settlement of Auckland, when the gifting/exchange of 3,000 acres of land was signed between Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s paramount chief, Apihai Te Kawau, & Governor Hobson, on Te Rerenga-Ora-iti/Point Britomart between where Emily Place currently sits, out to Te...

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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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Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action Grants

To honour Jeanette and what she stood for, Our Climate Declaration has created an opportunity for young people (under 30) and their organisations to apply for a Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action Grant. In 2020 it is offering two grants of up to $5,000 each to a young person/s or organisation...

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