Campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North The recent water crisis in Havelock North is the biggest outbreak of waterborne disease ever recorded in New Zealand. According to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, approximately 5200 people, one third of the town’s population, were struck by the campylobacter disease, which contaminated the town’s water supply. Along with… Read More.

[Winter 2014] Introduction In April 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decisions on appeals against four new salmon farms granted to the New Zealand King Salmon Company. One of those decisions, Environmental Defence Society of New Zealand v The New Zealand King Salmon Company Ltd [2014] NZSC 38, is likely to have significant implications for… Read More.

[Spring 2014] Someone said a while ago that if an asteroid were on its way to Earth, the Daily Telegraph would write it up as another attack on the middle class. When asteroid Rena landed on Otaiti Reef three years ago, a crusty old cynic might have regarded it as only a matter of time… Read More.

[Spring 2014] A enforcement order by the Environment Court should be a timely warning for dairy farmers to ensure their effluent management systems meet required standards and are capable of coping with expansion on-farm. In April 2014 the Environment Court issued an enforcement order against a Marlborough dairy farm owner prohibiting him from re-stocking for… Read More.

[Spring 2014] For those whose work is reliant on water, particularly those in the rural environment, the changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS) mean another round of significant changes to regional plans is on the horizon following the initial round to give effect to the 2011 version. The NPS, which came… Read More.

[Autumn 2015] Will new reforms speed up resource consent applications? To honour the Government’s pledge to speed up council decisions, reforms to the Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 came into effect on 3 March 2015. The reforms clarify the requirements for resource consent applications and now stipulate a maximum time for the decision-making process of six months.… Read More.

[Autumn 2015] In late January 2015, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith outlined the Government’s plans to overhaul the Resource Management Act 1991 through ten key areas of change. Will the changes meet the Government’s goal of becoming more pro-development? Or will they weaken the established environmental protections already in place? To date, there is little… Read More.

[Summer 2013] Gypsy Day 2011 in Southland saw the beginning of local government prosecutions dealing in ‘effluent’ or ‘animal waste’. Gypsy Day is an extremely busy time of year for farmers and solicitors with a rural practice, with large numbers of stock being moved between farms at this time. These prosecutions were the first nationally… Read More.