New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme has been under reform since 2015, with the Government announcing various changes to the trading scheme that was commenced under the Climate Change Response Act 2002. The basic principle of the scheme is that organisations can choose to reduce carbon emissions, or off-set carbon emissions, by purchasing (or earning) New… Read More.

The Ministry for the Environment along with Stats NZ has released Our Freshwater 2020, summarising updates and reporting on progress on four priority freshwater issues. Our Freshwater 2020 is the latest report on the state of the environment required under the Environmental Reporting Act 2015 (ERA) and builds on Our Freshwater 2017. The purpose of… Read More.

The One Billion Trees Programme is a partnership with farmers to help them extract value from their land while contributing to the economy and ecology of New Zealand. There are two elements of the scheme: individual grants to plant trees, and partnership grants to people or entities who are focused on enabling trees to be… Read More.

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.

[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.

[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.