environment Archive

  • Eugenie Sage

    Conflicts of interest in regional councils’ management of water - by Eugenie Sage



    Judith Collins failed to recognise the conflict of interest in having dinner with a Chinese border official and the CEO and director of the Oravida company on which her husband is a director. An equally troubling conflict of interest is occurring in regional councils. Water is a common property resource which regional councils manage on […] read more
    March 18, 2014 12:28 pm - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Walking for water - by Eugenie Sage



    Six months ago Lance Talstra had never been tramping.  Now he has walked more than 2,200 kms on the Te Araroa Trail to raise public awareness of the state of our waterways and water quality. He has walked most of the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga. He’s on his second pair of boots […] read more
    March 12, 2014 9:26 pm - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Big defects in Environmental Reporting Bill - by Eugenie Sage



    Government introduced its long promised  Environmental Reporting Bill (ER Bill) last week. It reneges on its previous election commitments for independent state of the environment (SOE) reporting and instead proposes a poorly designed halfway house. This would see the Ministers for the Environment and of Statistics choosing what topics the reporting should cover, the Ministry […] read more
    March 3, 2014 5:46 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Water quality will get worse under Government’s policy proposals - by Eugenie Sage



    New Zealanders want our rivers, lakes and streams to be clean and safe for swimming and to support healthy fisheries. They don’t want them to be the equivalent of urban or farm drains. The Government’s response to public submissions on its proposed national objectives framework (NOF) and amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater […] read more
    February 10, 2014 9:15 pm - No Comments
  • David Clendon

    Aspiring Northland - by David Clendon



    Finance Minister Bill English got it half right when he said recently that models of government intervention that had been applied in the Far North over the last thirty years had “disempowered them rather than helped them”.  Mr English told the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee that there had been a culture and a climate […] read more
    February 3, 2014 10:37 am - 29 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Help save our rivers – make a quick submission - by Eugenie Sage



    New Zealanders are worried about our rivers and lakes. They want them better managed with less farm run-off.   In Lincoln University’s 2013 survey of perceptions of the state of the environment  respondents said freshwater management was the most important domestic environmental issue facing New Zealand, just as they did in 2010 and 2008 . Some […] read more
    January 31, 2014 2:24 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Latest leak reveals TPPA undermines environmental protection - by Gareth Hughes



    It’s nothing short of absurd that a modern agreement like the TPPA doesn’t address critical issues like climate change and biodiversity loss. read more
    January 16, 2014 3:11 pm - 1 Comment
  • Steffan Browning

    Precautionary approach to GE in the Bay of Plenty? - by Steffan Browning



    I had a visitor this week from the USA. Phillip Geertson called into New Zealand to describe to me in detail how genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa (lucerne) had effectively contaminated all conventional alfalfa growing areas in the United States, and why we should be concerned about any further imports of alfalfa seed here. Phillip’s company, […] read more
    November 28, 2013 2:02 pm - 5 Comments
  • Steffan Browning

    Consumer NZ shines a light on Salmon farming - by Steffan Browning



    Consumer NZ has recently published a chilling release for anyone who is partial to salmon. They looked into what farmed salmon is actually fed, and did omega-3 testing to find out whether labeling was true to claim. Consumer has put a spotlight on some of the King Salmon’s claims about what they feed their fish. […] read more
    October 9, 2013 5:39 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Monorail project risky for environment and investors - by Eugenie Sage



    There has been a spate of media articles about the proposed $200 million Southland monorail recently after its Riverstone Holdings director and Bob Robertson gave journalists a promotional tour and helicopter ride over the area. The company is engaged in a heavy PR campaign by claiming public support for the proposal. Save Fiordland’s 20,000 strong […] read more
    October 2, 2013 5:48 pm - 6 Comments
  • frog

    A regional perspective on the proposed RMA changes - by frog



    Guest Post by Cath Gilmour, Councillor, Queenstown Lakes District Council. I haven’t written to Winston Peters before but I wrote to him last week to encourage New Zealand First to join the Greens, Labour, United Future and the Maori Party in opposing National’s changes to the heart of our environmental law, the Resource Management Act […] read more
    September 16, 2013 4:20 pm - No Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Sir Geoffrey Palmer on what’s wrong with National’s proposed changes to our environmental law - by Eugenie Sage



    The NZ Fish and Game Council recently asked former Environment Minister and RMA architect Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC to analyse the Government’s proposed changes to the Resource Management Act, one of our most important environmental laws.  Sir Geoffrey’s 65 page report is well worth reading. We hope current Environment Minister Amy Adams considers it carefully […] read more
    September 12, 2013 3:31 pm - 5 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Ruataniwha dam hearing process flawed - by Eugenie Sage



    Published in Hawke’s Bay Today on 12 July. Environment Minister Amy Adams and Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced their Board of Inquiry (BOI) for the Ruataniwha Dam and Plan Change 6 for the Tukituki catchment chosen this week. It is the 13th such hearing panel Ministers have established using the “call in“ procedures for […] read more
    July 15, 2013 1:01 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Protecting the environment in our constitution - by Eugenie Sage



    The Government-led ‘Constitutional Conversation’ currently underway is a chance for the public to share their views on a new constitutional set-up for Aotearoa New Zealand. We’ve got a submission guide to help you have your say. If there is sufficient public interest in an area, the independent advisory group leading the review is able to […] read more
    June 28, 2013 4:38 pm - 2 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Going geothermal - by Catherine Delahunty



    Yesterday Gareth Hughes and I visited the Contact Energy geothermal power complex at Wairakei. It was a chance to see how the power stations work including how the energy is managed and how water and waste is treated It was a fascinating opportunity to go inside the older facility at Wairakei built in the 1950’s […] read more
    June 20, 2013 1:03 pm - 108 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Longfin eel victory but more needs to be done. - by Eugenie Sage



    The Government is finally looking at implementing some of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s Recommendations on longfin eels. We have been pushing for protection for longfin eels for a long time and we now welcome some progress. There was good analysis in the PCE report which should be a basis for action given the […] read more
    June 7, 2013 5:42 pm - No Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Water and Biodiversity - by Eugenie Sage



    Yesterday was the UN International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme for this year was Water and Biodiversity. In New Zealand our native freshwater species are extremely vulnerable. Our longfin eels are on a pathway to extinction yet are still being caught commercially. Other freshwater species have no or little protection compared to our terrestrial […] read more
    May 23, 2013 2:59 pm - 1 Comment
  • Steffan Browning

    Toxic agenda bad for farmers - by Steffan Browning



    I recently had an opinion piece published in the Straight Furrow newspaper. Here is what I wrote. (note: corrected from earlier post) Toxic agenda erodes green brand Our clean green brand is something we need to fiercely protect, but this Government is effectively eroding it instead. National has gutted the Emissions Trading Scheme and is […] read more
    April 26, 2013 2:23 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Farrar wrong on renewables - by Gareth Hughes



    As you might have caught we have (alongside Labour) announced a plan to cut excessive profits from the Electricity Sector and return the money to households. David Farrar over on Kiwiblog yesterday posted about the total cost of Electricity Production claiming that renewable options – which we prefer are more expensive than coal and gas. […] read more
    April 18, 2013 4:35 pm - 154 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Akaroa Harbour marine reserve welcome news - by Eugenie Sage



    Gareth has previously posted about the Dan Rogers marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour.  Living on Banks Peninsula and having helped promote the reserve I wanted to share my thoughts and thank and congratulate the reserve applicants, Kathleen and Brian Reid and the Akaroa Harbour Marine Protection Society who When the Government is opening up conservation […] read more
    April 18, 2013 4:28 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Before we fix water quality we need to stop allowing more pollution - by Eugenie Sage



    The Prime Minister bragged about how much money his Government is spending on water clean-ups today, but he failed to admit that the money required for clean-up of our rivers and lakes will increase because of his policies. Nearly every study on water quality shows that land use intensification leads to water pollution. Yet the […] read more
    April 17, 2013 4:13 pm - 4 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Low flows on the Rangitaiki River - by Eugenie Sage



    Even before the summer’s drought began in earnest, the Rangitaiki River in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, has been victim to low flows, thanks to the TrustPower operated Matahina Dam upstream of Te Teko. On my February trip on the river our safety boat had only been in the water five minutes when it grounded […] read more
    April 16, 2013 11:46 am - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Akaroa marine reserve - by Gareth Hughes



    The Dan Rogers marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour has recently been approved by Conservation Minister Nick Smith which is a good step for marine conservation but raises many wider issues and questions. It’s good to see another marine reserve created, even if it was shrunk by Smith, because it’s only the second on the east […] read more
    April 16, 2013 10:39 am - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Schedule 4 open for drilling! - by Catherine Delahunty



    Many of the Frogblog readers would have supported the fantastic campaign in 2010 to love and protect the Schedule 4 areas of our beautiful country from mining. You will not be impressed by the news that the Government which promised to protect Schedule 4 is now eroding the promise. You will not be impressed by […] read more
    April 12, 2013 3:22 pm - 106 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Denniston too precious to mine - by Catherine Delahunty



    I am concerned that the interim decision of the Environment Court does not rule out the mining of the Denniston Plateau. The interim decision of the Environment Court acknowledges that the Denniston Plateau has high biodiversity values which would be impacted by mining and that the situation is too close to call. However the decision […] read more
    March 28, 2013 2:53 pm - 9 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Urban trees please - by Eugenie Sage



    The fate of trees in urban areas will be before select committee this week when hearings start on National’s Resource Management Act Reform Bill 2012. (The Bill is the second stage of Government’s efforts to weaken the RMA. The third phase changes are set out in the RMA discussion document out for public comment at […] read more
    March 18, 2013 10:26 am - 18 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Is Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English a climate change denier? - by Russel Norman



    Is the Deputy Prime Minister of our country a climate change denier? It may well be the case. During question time in Parliament yesterday I wanted to get into the lack of focus and inaction from this Government on climate change which is starkly highlighted by the suffering our drought-stricken farmers are going through. I […] read more
    March 14, 2013 12:30 pm - 142 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    The rapid roadshow – is this consultation? - by Eugenie Sage



    Monday saw the start of the Government’s rapid fire roadshow on its proposals to weaken the RMA and allow increased exploitation of our water. I’ve previously covered some of the Minister’s attempt to shut down debate on the proposals. I  just wanted to point out that that the timing of consultation meetings is important. If […] read more
    March 13, 2013 10:43 am - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Minister brooks no dissent on RMA changes - by Eugenie Sage



    Hard on the heels of  its 2012 “RMA Reform Bill” and the 2009 changes, National wants to overturn other core aspects of the Resource Management Act (RMA) as a key plank in its pro development, anti-environment agenda. EDS described the proposals as “deeply troubling” and potentially lowering environmental standards in New Zealand. So shortly after […] read more
    March 9, 2013 10:54 am - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Mourning local democracy in Canterbury - by Eugenie Sage



    National’s distaste for democracy and intolerance of dissenting views is increasing. Pre ‘quakes Cathedral Square was the heart of Christchurch. Two years later the public are still fenced out and kept behind the cordon. The Government’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) decides who can get access beyond the Army guards and security fence. CERA allows […] read more
    March 8, 2013 3:26 pm - 7 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Don’t get shut out, make your voice heard on the RMA - by Eugenie Sage



    Environment Minister, Amy Adams recently launched a “discussion document” on National’s latest proposals to weaken the Resource Management Act (RMA).  She then sought to shut down any discussion by attacking environmental groups and the Greens by claiming we were “out of touch” and “scaremongering” with our criticisms of National’s proposed changes to the RMA. The […] read more
    March 8, 2013 11:06 am - 10 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Dirty Water Tour – the Waitara - by Eugenie Sage



    Taranaki’s Waitara River ranked dead last on the Ministry for the Environment recreational river water quality league table. So it was an obvious candidate for our Dirty Water Tour, highlighting community initiatives to clean up our rivers, lakes and estuaries. read more
    February 5, 2013 1:23 pm - 3 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    January water woes - by Eugenie Sage



    Summer should be about lazy days at the beach, picnics on the riverbank and swimming. But increasingly we have a new summer ritual of warnings in newspapers around the country; warnings telling you to stay out of the local beaches, lakes and many of the rivers where families and friends have traditionally gathered each summer. […] read more
    February 1, 2013 1:12 pm - 4 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    In defence of science - by Eugenie Sage



    While universities are primarily charged with promoting learning they also have a vital role as the critic and conscience of society.  Scientists ask questions, investigate, research, analyse the data and report on the results. Their work informs the public debate.  How then are we to interpret repeated attacks on university scientists such as Massey University’s […] read more
    December 4, 2012 4:46 pm - 168 Comments
  • David Clendon

    If New Zealand was a banana, would we be getting sued? - by David Clendon



    There is a bit of a David and Goliath battle shaping up in the intellectual property domain, with NGO Fairtrade New Zealand and Australia taking on one of the world’s largest fruit suppliers, Dole bananas. Dole has been on notice that its so-called ‘ethical choice’  label is misleading.  A consumer might reasonably believe that it […] read more
    November 28, 2012 9:58 am - 3 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Fourth Dirty Water Tour starts in Southland - by Eugenie Sage



    I launched our fourth “Dirty Water Tour” this week at Invercargill’s New River Estuary, with Southland Green Party member Dave Kennedy, and Maurice Rodway of Fish and Game.  Invercargill could potentially overtake Oamaru as the heritage capital of the south  – distinctive and attractive heritage buildings abound. Natural heritage at the nearby New River Estuary, […] read more
    November 21, 2012 5:49 pm - 3 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Death of an ETS - by Kennedy Graham



    The ETS Amendment Bill went through the House Thursday afternoon, at the end of the 3rd reading. The NZ Parliament, I said, was enacting an iniquity.  With a bare majority, it was amending the ETS and guaranteeing dangerous climate change. I levelled the charge of moral ecocide at two Government leaders – John Key and […] read more
    November 9, 2012 1:32 pm - 62 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Fair hearing for Denniston in Environment Court - by Eugenie Sage



    Forest and Bird deserves every success in its Environment Court case to protect the distinctive coal measures ecosystems and landscapes of the Denniston Plateau. This week the Court began hearing the Society’s appeal against West Coast councils granting resource consents under the RMA to Australian miner, Bathurst Resources’ destructive plans for an open cast coal […] read more
    October 30, 2012 2:04 pm - 1 Comment
  • frog

    Descendants of Sir James Clark Ross talk about Ross Sea - by frog



    What would Ross think of NZ’s treatment of the Ross Sea? We asked his descendants. Descendants of Sir James Clark Ross talk about Ross Sea protection, from Green Party of Aotearoa NZ on Vimeo. read more
    October 3, 2012 10:51 am - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Dilution is not the solution to pollution - by Eugenie Sage



    I was in Napier earlier last week trying to discourage the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) from proceeding with its mega dam, mega risky, $233 million Ruataniwha irrigation and hydro scheme. The scheme involves an 83 metre high concrete and rock dam and a 5 km long reservoir flooding the upper reaches of the Makaroro […] read more
    October 1, 2012 9:59 am - 7 Comments