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1 September, 2015

Government grant for East Coast stream restoration

An $89,700 grant from the Community Environment Fund for the restoration of the Whangawehi stream on the Mahia Peninsula was announced today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith during a visit to the catchment.

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26 August, 2015

Consultation on steps to ozone recovery and asbestos ban

The Ministry for the Environment will commence targeted consultation on the final steps to ban two substances with known risks to both the environment and human health, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasia conference in Nelson.

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13 August, 2015

Bluegreen programme of improved environmental management outlined

A programme of stronger national direction and guidance on key environmental issues was announced today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith at the Environmental Defence Society’s conference in Auckland.

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6 August, 2015

New ECan commissioner appointed

Elizabeth Cunningham has been appointed as a commissioner at Environment Canterbury (ECan), Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston announced today.

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24 July, 2015

New recycling facility for building waste

Auckland’s first comprehensive recycling facility for building industry waste was opened today by Environment, and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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22 July, 2015

Labour's Environment Bill a bad joke

Labour is exposing itself to ridicule with its Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill, which passed its first reading in the House today, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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18 July, 2015

New plastics recycling initiative announced

The Government is partnering with the retail sector and packaging industry to recycle thousands of tonnes of plastics like shopping bags that currently cannot be, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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17 July, 2015

Funding boost for Calwell Slipway clean up

The Government is contributing $200,000 towards the design of a clean-up of the Calwell Slip in Port Nelson, contaminated from copper and tributyltin from ship maintenance operations in the 1970s.

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15 July, 2015

Lake Taupō water quality plan three years ahead of schedule

A joint Government and council initiative to reduce nitrogen leaching into Lake Taupō by 20 per cent, or 170 tonnes per year, has achieved its goal three years ahead of schedule, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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8 July, 2015

Environment Canterbury transition plan announced

Environment Canterbury (ECan) will move to a mixed governance council of seven elected councillors and up to six appointed in 2016 as a transition to a fully elected council in 2019, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston announced today.

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8 July, 2015

$160,000 to investigate potentially contaminated site in New Plymouth

The Government will invest $160,000 to support the investigation of a potentially contaminated site in New Plymouth, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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7 July, 2015

$158,000 to protect Taranaki biodiversity

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced a $158,000 Community Environment Fund grant for a project which aims to protect native birds and forest at Rotokare Scenic Reserve in South Taranaki.

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2 July, 2015

New EPA board appointments

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the reappointment of Dr Kevin Thompson as deputy chair of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) board and the appointment two new members, Dayle Hunia and Geoffrey Thompson, to the board.

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23 June, 2015

EEZ Amendment Bill passes third reading

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed Parliament’s passage of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill, which will allow existing petroleum operators to continue operating while their marine consent is being considered by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

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23 June, 2015

$290,000 for Kapiti conservation project

The Government is providing a $290,000 Community Environment Fund grant for a project aimed at protecting and restoring biodiversity on the Kapiti Coast, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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19 June, 2015

PCE report constructively points to next steps in water reform

The Government has welcomed the two reports released today from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on managing New Zealand’s freshwater reforms.

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17 June, 2015

Forestry standard part of Govt’s plan to simplify RMA

A new National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry to simplify and standardise Resource Management Act requirements was proposed today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew at Paengaroa Forest in the Bay of Plenty.

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12 June, 2015

Product stewardship awarded to Fuji Xerox

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today recognised Fuji Xerox for its efforts to responsibly manage the environmental effects of its products, with the company awarded product accreditation under the Waste Minimisation Act for its Zero Landfill scheme.

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11 June, 2015

Minister celebrates 10 years of Fiordland Marine Guardians

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the Fiordland Marine Guardians at a dinner with the Guardians in Invercargill last night.

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4 June, 2015

Winners of 2015 Green Ribbon Awards announced

Project Janszoon has named as the recipient of the Supreme Award at this year’s Green Ribbon Awards, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced at the ceremony held at Parliament tonight.

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3 June, 2015

Finalists announced for 2015 Green Ribbon Awards

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the finalists for the 2015 Green Ribbon Awards, which will this year mark 25 years of honouring New Zealand’s environmental leaders.

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21 May, 2015

$41.2m for resource management, water reform

The Government is committing $41.2 million in Budget 2015 to deliver on its priorities for the environment, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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19 May, 2015

Science leader to join Ministry

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the appointment of Dr David Wratt QSO as Departmental Science Advisor to the Ministry for the Environment.

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24 April, 2015

$776,000 for new Marlborough recycling facility

The Government is to provide $776,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund for a new Marlborough waste sorting facility, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today during a visit to the Marlborough District Council’s Resource Recovery Centre in Blenheim with Kaikōura MP Stuart Smith.

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11 April, 2015

Speech at the 17th Bluegreens Forum

When the Bluegreens was founded 18 years ago, we had just two MPs. I was speaking this week to our co-founder Rob Fenwick, who sends his apologies and best wishes from home where he is battling cancer with chemo. He reminded me that we dreamed of a Bluegreens caucus of 10. Post-election 2014, we have trebled that. This growth is a tribute to the work of the executive and the leadership of people like Geoff Thompson.

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18 March, 2015

Feedback sought on ECan’s future governance

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston have today announced the Government’s proposal for a mixed-model governance structure for Environment Canterbury (ECan).

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11 March, 2015

RMA claims over kauri wrong

Opposition parties are playing politics in claiming that changes to the Resource Management Act have affected the protected status of a kauri tree in the Waitakere Ranges, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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11 March, 2015

Extra controls on 1080

The Government has introduced tighter controls on high purity forms of 1080 in response to the criminal threat to use 1080 to contaminate infant and other formula, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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5 March, 2015

Nominations open for 25th annual Green Ribbon awards

The Green Ribbon Awards, which honour New Zealand's environmental leaders, are to be a joint endeavour for the first time between the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation, Ministers Dr Nick Smith and Maggie Barry announced today.

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3 March, 2015

Changes proposed to telecommunications facilities standards

Public feedback is being sought on proposed changes to the National Environmental Standard (NES) for telecommunications facilities to help speed up improvements and reduce costs.

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