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

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election