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19 August, 2014

Govt funding for Hawke’s Bay freshwater project

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced funding of $80,000 for a Hawke’s Bay Regional Council project to develop clear criteria for assessing and identifying outstanding water bodies.

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19 August, 2014

Napier project to turn waste into compost

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced funding of $468,000 for a facility in Napier which turns construction, demolition and industrial waste into compost.

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13 August, 2014

Initiative to prioritise contaminated sites for remediation

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced a new initiative which identifies and ranks priority sites for clean-up under the Government’s contaminated sites remediation programme.

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12 August, 2014

Turning plastic waste into reusable packaging

Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced funding of $4 million to Wellington manufacturer Flight Plastics to build a recycling facility that will turn plastic waste into food-safe packaging.

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12 August, 2014

Govt funding to expand Porirua recycling operation

Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced funding of $150,000 to support the expansion of a community-based recycling operation in Porirua.

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8 August, 2014

Govt funding for Tasman water sediment project

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced funding of $120,000 for a project run by Tasman District Council to control erosion and sediment going into waterways.

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30 July, 2014

Govt releases review of waste disposal levy

Environment Minister Amy Adams has released a review into the effectiveness of the waste disposal levy, which makes recommendations to improve fairness in the way the levy is applied and to increase the amount of information available about waste and recycling in New Zealand.

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24 July, 2014

Agcarm Annual Conference

As a farmer and a Minister, I know that the productivity of our land is critical to the wealth of our country and the ability to meet the aspirations of New Zealanders.

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13 July, 2014

Greens continue to twist facts in pursuit of their anti-jobs agenda

Environment Minister Amy Adams says the Greens announcement today is just the latest step in their anti-jobs, anti-growth, stop everything manifesto.

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10 July, 2014

Govt agrees to Chch council plan review request

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced the Government has agreed to a request by the Christchurch City Council for an accelerated district plan review process.

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4 July, 2014

Minister corrects incorrect claims about national freshwater standards

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today moved to correct incorrect and misleading comments made about the Government’s ground-breaking national freshwater standards.

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3 July, 2014

Clear, robust national standards for water quality

The Government has today announced clear, robust national standards for freshwater that will make a significant improvement to the way freshwater is managed.

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27 June, 2014

Minister reappoints Waste Advisory Board members

Environment Minister Amy Adams has reappointed two members to the Waste Advisory Board.

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26 June, 2014

Update on Environment Canterbury review

The Government has today provided an update about the review of the future governance arrangements of Environment Canterbury.

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16 June, 2014

Nina Valley Ecoblitz wins Supreme Green Ribbon Award

Environment Minister Amy Adams has tonight announced that the Nina Valley Ecoblitz initiative is the Supreme Winner of the 2014 Green Ribbon Awards.

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8 June, 2014

New Akaroa marine reserve opened

New Zealand’s newest marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour was formally opened today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith, and local MP and Environment Minister Amy Adams to coincide with World Oceans Day.

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5 June, 2014

Green Ribbon Award finalists announced

To mark World Environment Day, Environment Minister Amy Adams has today announced the finalists for the 2014 Green Ribbon Awards, which honour outstanding contributions to protecting New Zealand's environment.

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4 June, 2014

Ministers welcome final PCE report on oil and gas

Ministers today welcomed a report released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on oil and gas drilling.

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28 May, 2014

EPA Board appointments announced

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced the appointment of a new Environmental Protection Authority Board member and confirmed the reappointment of the Chair and one other member.

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21 May, 2014

Govt seeking feedback on dealing with harmful waste

Environment Minister Amy Adams today released a discussion document on possible options to improve the way some waste products are managed in New Zealand, especially those which can cause harm to the environment.

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20 May, 2014

Budget 2014: $3.2 million for environmental management of oceans

The Government is investing an additional $3.2 million in 2014/15 to support the implementation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) legislation, Environment Minister Amy Adams says.

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16 May, 2014

New Zealand air quality best on record

A new report shows overall air quality in New Zealand is the best it has been since comprehensive records began in 2006, Environment Minister Amy Adams and Statistics Minister Nicky Wagner say.

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15 May, 2014

$20m for freshwater and environment initiatives

Budget 2014 will make available $20 million over four years for environmental initiatives and to help the management of New Zealand’s natural environment, Environment Minister Amy Adams says.

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28 April, 2014

Govt reallocates $24 million for Rotorua water clean-up

The Government will reallocate $24 million to a new project that encourages land owners in the Lake Rotorua catchment to switch to low nitrogen land uses or find other ways to reduce the amount of nitrogen polluting the lake water, Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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16 April, 2014

NZ on track to phase out imports of ozone-depleting substances

New Zealand is on track to phase out bulk imports of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by the end of this year, Environment Minister Amy Adams says.

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11 April, 2014

Minister welcomes Manawatu River clean-up progress

Environment Minister Amy Adams has welcomed a new report on cleaning-up the Manawatu River, saying it shows that progress can be made even on the most difficult environmental problems when communities work together.

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11 April, 2014

Next steps in TV Takeback programme

As the TV Takeback programme comes to an end, the Government has been advised that one of the recyclers involved in the initiative is unlikely to be able to meet its contractual obligations.

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4 April, 2014

New Zealand Planning Institute Annual Conference

Good morning it’s great to be with you in Queenstown today.

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4 April, 2014

Resource Management Survey shows need for second phase of RMA reforms

The 2012/13 Resource Management Survey shows the Government’s first phase of RMA reforms aimed at improving consenting processes are paying off, however further reform of our planning frameworks is still required.

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27 March, 2014

Guidelines provide clear direction on hydraulic fracturing best practice

New guidelines for managing the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing support the environmentally responsible development of resources, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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