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

 


EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy

EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy


The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment.

“Labour has committed to developing and implementing a ‘low carbon transition plan’ to move New Zealand away from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels to a high-tech low-carbon economy. This is welcome news. We need to act now to ensure future generations can enjoy a sustainable future,” said EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart.

“Labour has again committed to retaining the purpose and principles of the Resource Management Act while pursuing sensible process improvements. We agree that there are a number of opportunities to reduce delays and costs, while retaining key environmental safeguards.

“Labour has also proposed a ‘stocktake’ to determine whether the RMA is achieving its purpose and principles after twenty years of ad hoc statutory amendments. EDS sees value in this proposition, provided the goal is ensuring the RMA remains world-leading legislation.

“Under Labour we would also see new national policy statements addressing the management of indigenous biodiversity, our estuaries and onshore oil and gas. The recent Supreme Court decision EDS v King Salmon has highlighted the important role that these documents play in establishing directive bottom lines that must be met nationally. EDS supports greater use of them.

“On oceans, Labour has committed to new marine protection legislation. Most, if not all political parties now agree this is urgently required so we hope to see marine protection legislation introduced and passed as a priority in the next Parliamentary term.

“We are also pleased to see Labour identify that new marine protection legislation is a precursor to comprehensive oceans reform. Our current ad hoc approach to oceans management is creating significant problems such as the current conflicts between the proposal to mine phosphate on the Chatham Rise, deep-sea fishing, and benthic protection areas.

“Under Labour we would also see environmental safeguards for offshore oil and gas beefed up. Labour would also ensure polluters are liable, not New Zealanders. This is a positive move.

“Labour has committed to ensuring the Environmental Protection Authority is a strong environmental regulator, including amending its statutory purpose to include protection of the environment. Labour would require the EPA to audit the work of consent authorities in monitoring consent or plan condition compliance. EDS sees value in this proposition, which recognises that many of the failures of environmental regulation lie in implementation.

“EDS also welcomes Labour’s commitment to supporting environmental education and capacity-building. It is important that New Zealanders have the tools to enable their voices to be heard in environmental decision-making processes.

“The quality of our environment is important to New Zealanders and it is good to see Labour coming out with such progressive and nuanced policy commitments,” concluded Ms Peart.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news