Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

EDS welcomes successful outcome of Mackenzie Country forum

EDS welcomes successful outcome of Mackenzie Country forum

The Environmental Defence Society welcomes today’s public launch of the Mackenzie Agreement in Twizel by Conservation Minister Nick Smith.

“It is gratifying to see that the collaborative process over the future of the Mackenzie Country has borne fruit,” said EDS Chairman Gary Taylor.

“The Mackenzie is a truly iconic part of New Zealand with its sweeping vistas and mountain surrounds. The tussock grasslands of the basin are highly valued by all Kiwis and the agreement to protect a large proportion of them is especially welcome.

“The agreement proposes 100,000 hectares of the Mackenzie be protected for landscape and biodiversity conservation, with 26,000 hectares being agreed for intensified land development.

The method of conservation will be unique in New Zealand – establishing a Trust to negotiate joint management agreements with private landowners and high country run-holders. This is similar to the private land conservation arrangements practiced in some European countries.

“The process has, like all collaborative exercises, posed some challenges. It is hard to get over old enmities and beyond position-stating into constructive dialogue. So I’d like to acknowledge the roles played by Richard Thompson (facilitator), Guy Salmon (Project Manager) and Kelsey Serjeant (EDS representative).

“I’d also like to thank the Mackenzie and Waitaki District Councils for their support. Local MP Jacqui Dean has been an effective broker between the participants and the government.

“This process had its genesis at an EDS Workshop we held in Twizel in November 2010. At the end of that day, the parties agreed that dialogue was better than litigation and a long-term vision for the area should be agreed between the landowners and interest groups.

“Over two years later, we have finally got there.

“The ball is now in the government’s court to introduce the recommended legislation to create the Mackenzie Country Trust, and make a contribution to funding its work.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election