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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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21 March, 2014

Fiordland Marine Guardian reappointed

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced that Stewart Bull has been reappointed as the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu nominated Fiordland Marine Guardian.

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21 March, 2014

Amended regulations to reduce marine pollution

An amendment to regulations that control discharge from ships and offshore installations will protect New Zealand’s unique marine environment, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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19 March, 2014

Households now have option to stop receiving phone books

Households can now stop getting phone books delivered, following Government approval for a new opt-out system, Communications and Information Technology Minister and Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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17 March, 2014

Extension granted for Basin Bridge proposal

The Board of Inquiry appointed to decide on the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Basin Bridge proposal has been granted a three-month extension to issue its final report and decision, Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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15 March, 2014

Govt invests further $2.1 million in community freshwater action

The Government is investing a further $2.1 million to help communities improve New Zealand’s freshwater quality, Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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5 March, 2014

Environmental Reporting Bill passes first reading

A Bill that will assure New Zealanders access to high quality environmental information and provide a reliable basis for environmental discussions has passed its first reading.

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5 March, 2014

Environmental Reporting Bill First Reading

Mr Speaker, I move that the Environmental Reporting Bill now be read a first time.

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3 March, 2014

Environment Canterbury review underway

A review of the future governance arrangements of Environment Canterbury is now underway, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett and Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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28 February, 2014

Tricky Cunliffe continues to mislead

David Cunliffe latest attempt to rewrite history on oil and gas exploration highlights an on-going, casual relationship with the truth, Environment Minister Amy Adams says.

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27 February, 2014

New regulations for exploratory drilling

Activities involved in exploratory drilling for oil and gas will be classified as non-notified discretionary under new EEZ Act regulations, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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25 February, 2014

Govt invests $540,000 in Lake Horowhenua clean-up

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today announced the Government will invest $540,000 towards cleaning up Lake Horowhenua.

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20 February, 2014

Consultation on draft EEZ regulations underway

The Government is seeking feedback on draft regulations for the dumping of waste and the discharge of harmful substances under the EEZ Act, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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20 February, 2014

Environmental Reporting Bill introduced

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today introduced a Bill that will for the first time provide for legally-mandated independent environmental reporting that will enhance New Zealanders’ understanding about the state of our environment.

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19 February, 2014

200,000 TVs collected under Govt’s TV Takeback programme

Environment Minister Amy Adams says more than 200,000 televisions have now been collected for recycling under the Government’s TV TakeBack programme.

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14 February, 2014

Environmental champions sought

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today announced that entries are open for the Government’s premier environmental awards, which honour those dedicated to protecting and improving our environment.

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20 December, 2013

Board appointed for Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal

Environment Minister Amy Adams and Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith have today announced the members of an independent Board of Inquiry to consider a proposal for a new section of highway between Pūhoi and Warkworth.

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13 December, 2013

Auckland Unitary Plan hearings panel appointed

Environment Minister Amy Adams and Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith have today announced the appointment of eight board members to the Auckland Unitary Plan hearings panel.

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12 December, 2013

Feedback sought on draft regulations

The Government is seeking feedback on draft regulations to classify exploratory oil drilling under the EEZ Act, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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4 December, 2013

Christchurch City Council resource management review released

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today released a report into a review of the Christchurch City Council’s resource management functions.

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3 December, 2013

Minister welcomes release of Rena monitoring report

Environment Minister Amy Adams today welcomed the release of a report into the effects of oil pollution on the Bay of Plenty environment, following the Rena grounding.

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21 November, 2013

David Cunliffe needs to learn how to use Google

Environment Minister Amy Adams says David Cunliffe’s so-called secret document has been publicly-available for more than two years.

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21 November, 2013

Report reinforces need for Govt’s freshwater reforms

Environment Minister Amy Adams and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have welcomed a water quality report released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

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15 November, 2013

New member appointed to Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today announced the appointment of David McMahon to the Basin Bridge Board of Inquiry.

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15 November, 2013

Board of Inquiry to consider Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal

Environment Minister Amy Adams and Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith have announced that the New Zealand Transport Agency’s proposal for a new section of highway between Pūhoi and Warkworth will be directed to an independent Board of Inquiry.

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