Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Green Budget: Environmental Legal Aid Funding

Environmental Legal Aid Funding Increases And Continues

Green Party Justice Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos today said he was pleased that the Government had agreed to continue funding, and to expand, a scheme to provide legal aid to environmental groups and organisations.

The Green Party secured $700,000 in Government funding for the environmental legal aid scheme in last year’s budget and the scheme has been rolled over in this year’s budget with another $3 million in funding for the next two years.

“It’s great that the Government will continue to support this initiative,” said Mr Tanczos. “It is important that community and environmental organisations can get access to the courts, even if they don’t have a lot of money.”

Mr Tanczos said under this initiative groups will be able to apply to the Ministry for the Environment for a grant to help with the costs involved in bringing a case to court.

“In the past the environment has been the loser in battles between fat cat developers and ecological and community organisations.

“The Greens and the Government agree that, in genuine cases, ordinary people should be able to challenge dodgy developments and projects in the courts,” he said.

“This fund will will allow groups to mount a strong legal defence on behalf of the environment and, in the process, preserve valuable areas of natural splendour. Ideally legal challenges on environmental grounds should not cost a cent, but this will help balance the playing field.”

Mr Tanczos said the rollover of the environmental legal aid initiative showed the merit of the scheme and he was confident it would again be expanded in future years.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Campbell on: the local body election result in Wellington

For obvious reasons, politics is more of a big deal in the capital city than anywhere else in the country. Even so, fewer than four in ten eligible voters bothered to vote in Saturday’s local body elections in Wellington (turnout 39.66%).

Even less was felt to be at stake this time around than in 2016, when 45% of the electorate voted Justin Lester into the mayoralty.

To put it mildly, the Lester-led Council failed to live up to expectations. Lester will be remembered mainly for the fact that somehow, he managed to lose this election. . More>>

 
 

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>

ALSO:

Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>

ALSO:

‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels