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

 


Joint Southland Economic Project for Water Quality

Joint Southland Economic Project for Water Quality

The two-year project being launched this week in Bluff will see local government, the primary sector, iwi, central government, and business working together on tools for understanding the economics of managing water quality in Southland. The project is part of Water and Land 2020 & Beyond, which is how Environment Southland will be implementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management in Southland.

The Southland Economic Project is a joint initiative between Environment Southland, DairyNZ, Beef and Lamb New Zealand, Te Ao Marama, Ministry for Primary Industries, Department of Conservation and the Southland Chamber of Commerce. It will develop the tools for understanding how future policy options to manage water quality in catchments could impact our economy and communities.

Environment Southland Chairman Ali Timms says the project is about agreeing on how to get the right economic picture for Southland so we can use it in decision-making. “This project is not about deciding outcomes, but working out how we get there. We are investing in the tools now for use in future decision-making around the setting of catchment limits. It’s critical that we do this the right way for the community,” she said.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Southern South Island Director, Andrew Morrison said the sheep and beef sector made a significant economic contribution to the region and it was working to ensure its impact was environmentally sustainable.

“Beef + Lamb New Zealand is committed to working alongside Environment Southland and others to make sure Southlanders continue to enjoy the economic benefits sheep and beef farming brings, while preserving the region’s special environment.“

DairyNZ senior economist Matthew Newman said, “We welcome the initiative of a joint and collaborative approach on such a complex issue as water quality. Everyone agrees that water quality is essential – the question is what impact different policies have on the Southland economy and the well-being of our communities. Our experience is that working on a joint venture and taking the time to do the analysis properly leads to much better outcomes for everyone involved. It is an opportunity to ensure the analysis is robust, backed by the expertise of industry groups.”

For Ngai Tahu Sir Tipene O’Regan stated, “Our interest in this Economic Project is two part: as citizens of the community but also very much on the question of our mahika kai. Our kids are in schools, we are workers, we are business leaders, we are fishing, and some of us are farming. Water quality, especially in the estuaries, and the health and access to resources are critical for our culture and our place. It is at the heart of our identity and who we as a people.”

Barry Hanson, Director Conservation Partnerships for the Department of Conservation, said “It’s great to be sitting at the table where the factors that drive Southland’s economy are being discussed and researched.”

At a local level, Sarah Hannan, Southland Chamber of Commerce CEO, commented “We appreciate the value and competitive advantage our natural resources provide for many local industries. This project provides a great opportunity to work together to ensure we fulfil the region’s economic potential while still looking after our quality of life and our environment.”

Recent Government studies indicated that the direct economic costs of managing land use for water quality in Southland could have considerable impact on the regional economy over the short-medium term. However, as the economy meets environmental constraints the longer term picture is less clear. “There will be challenges for the region and we need to turn them into opportunities” said Ms Timms. “This Project is a major investment in Southland’s future.”

The Government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management requires regional councils to maintain and improve overall water quality within a region and to set catchment limits. Tools developed within the Southland Economic Project will be used to investigate the impacts of policy options for catchment limits.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Water, Pests, Erosion...: Commissioner Releases Mixed Report Card On Environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a mixed report card in her assessment of the state of New Zealand’s environment. “We are lucky to live in an exceptionally beautiful country, but we have some big issues to face up to” said Dr Jan Wright. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Private Schools Beneficiaries Of Extra Cash

“Not only did this year’s Budget freeze operational funding for state schools, but 86 per cent of secondary school principals say they don’t get enough funding, and the demand for school donations from parents is rising at 10 times the rate of inflation... Now we’ve got Hekia Parata proposing more cash for private schools." More>>

ALSO:

Shop Hours Bill Second Reading: Government Blocks Easter Trading Petition

The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shewan Inquiry Into Our Tax Haven Rules

Like the political equivalent of lithium, Prime Minister John Key is routinely administered to dull any politically dangerous mood swings amidst the general public... More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Review Of Search And Surveillance Act Begins

“For example, the Act was drafted before cloud-based storage of data was commonplace. In the light of these and other developments, the Commission will be examining whether the investigative powers in the Act are sufficient for law enforcement purposes. We will also consider whether the safeguards that surround those processes are adequate.” More>>

ALSO:

Houses, Campers And Cops: LGNZ Media Briefing

At their quarterly media briefing today Local Government New Zealand addressed areas where local authorities are feeling pressure and outlined their approach for the upcoming local body elections in September-October. More>>

ALSO:

17 Year Sentences In Baby Moko Case: Attorney General On Plea Bargain

“The Crown’s decisions in this case, including the decision to accept the manslaughter pleas, were motivated by the need to secure convictions for this horrendous killing and to avoid the significant risk that either of the defendants could escape such a conviction because of evidential issues.” More>>

ALSO:

As Govt Cuts Lobby Anti-Smoking Group Funds: On The Nation - Plain Packaging Debate

Imperial Tobacco leaves open possibility of law suit against New Zealand government if plain packaging is introduced, as planned. Says it’s a “last resort” but “of course we will defend the right to use our brands”. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news