Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Government urged to take Land and Water Forum’s advice

15 November 2012 – Wellington
Forest & Bird media release – embargoed till 3pm Thursday

Government urged to take Land and Water Forum’s advice
Forest & Bird urges the Government to follow the recommendations of a very diverse forum of farmers, industry, environmental NGOs, iwi and recreational users on freshwater and land use.

The recommendations lay out a path for improving the state of our streams, rivers and lakes, while meeting New Zealand's long-term interests.

The Land and Water Forum was tasked by the Government in 2009 to come up with a policy framework for resolving the difficult issues around land practices and the state of our water bodies.

The Government will release the forum's third and final report today.

The three reports have recommended integrated catchment management and decision making, the setting of national bottom lines (limits) for water use and quality, and clearer rights and responsibilities for land and water users to manage within those limits.

“The agreed framework has come about from a careful consideration of the scientific, cultural, economic and practical considerations needed to get good outcomes for the environment as well as for land use," says Forest & Bird Advocacy Manager Kevin Hackwell.

"Over the three years there has been a lot of give and take on the part of all participants as they have focussed on a solutions-based approach. There has been a lot of rigorous debate and testing of how different parts of the solution fit together.

“The resulting recommendations, as a whole, will deliver what all New Zealanders want – cleaner rivers and streams - while meeting existing and future economic welfare,” Kevin Hackwell says.

"This is a great opportunity to finally get the freshwater issue sorted.

"It is important that the forum's recommendations are dealt with as an integrated package. They lay out a framework that represents a potential win-win for all parties.

"What underpins the final report is an acknowledgement from industry groups that their best environmental performers are often their best economic performers," Kevin Hackwell says.

"This shows that even under a new limits regime, policies and strategies that encourage all players to improve their performance towards best practice have the potential to benefit the environment as well as the economy.

“This may seem logical, but has not been a part of many people’s thinking until now. But of course it’s common sense. For example, a farmer whose fertiliser is running into the local stream is a farmer who is losing money, end of story,” Kevin Hackwell says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Politics
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news