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

 


Dunne on Ruataniwha Decision

Dunne on Ruataniwha Decision


UnitedFuture Leader Peter Dunne says today’s draft decision on the Ruataniwha Dam is a partial win for all New Zealanders and the environment we hold so dear.

The draft decision released today approves the dam, but with rigorous parameters; both nitrogen and phosphorous must be managed in contrast to the single nutrient approach favoured by the dam’s backers.

“This raises the bar considerably on the environmental standards the dam will have to reach, and reinforces the High Court decision last year on the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council’s One-Plan. To that extent it is a fundamental victory in favour of environmental protection.

“Now the dam’s promoters will have to decide if the project is economically viable, given the environmental standards now required to be met.

“This decision shows the worth of the Resource Management Act as it stands, and why any weakening of its principles would be a disaster.

“New Zealand’s environment is precious and the high bar that has been set today is very encouraging for anglers, Iwi, and all those who enjoy and spend time in our outdoors.”

“It is time for us to start an honest and sincere, national conversation about how we balance our important agricultural industry and our equally important ‘great outdoors” said Mr Dunne.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news