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1 February, 2016

Government joins Three Kings redevelopment proceedings

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) today joined legal proceedings over appeals lodged against the $1.2 billion redevelopment of the Three Kings quarry in Auckland.

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12 January, 2016

Recreational fishing parks proposed in Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds as part of Marine Protected Area reform

The Government has today launched a consultation document on a new Marine Protected Areas Act to replace the Marine Reserves Act 1971 that includes proposals for recreational fishing parks in the inner Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds.

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16 December, 2015

Additional Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel members appointed

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the appointment of three additional members to the Auckland Unitary Plan independent hearings panel.

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16 December, 2015

1080 report shows poison being used responsibly

The latest report by the Environmental Protection Authority on the use of 1080 in New Zealand provides further reassurance to the public that the poison is safe and is being used responsibly, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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4 December, 2015

West Coast community congratulated for achieving Lake Brunner water quality target

Lake Brunner’s water quality target has been achieved five years ahead of schedule, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced on the West Coast today.

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3 December, 2015

Resource Management changes pass first reading

A Bill to overhaul the Resource Management Act has passed its first reading in Parliament by 92 votes to 14, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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27 November, 2015

Consultation on freshwater management ideas planned

A report today published by the Land and Water Forum on the next steps needed to improved management of freshwater will be carefully considered by Government and help contribute to a public discussion paper to be published next year, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said today.

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26 November, 2015

Resource legislation introduced to Parliament

The Government introduced to Parliament today its substantive Bill overhauling the Resource Management Act (RMA) to support business growth and housing development while also ensuring more effective environmental management, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith has announced.

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25 November, 2015

Soft Plastics Recycling Programme launched

A joint initiative between the retail sector, the packaging industry and the Government to enable the recycling of soft plastics that previously could not be was officially launched in Auckland this morning by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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19 November, 2015

Govt welcomes PCE report on sea level rise

The report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright on sea level rise has been welcomed by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith, who says it is a useful contribution to the public debate on planning for and adapting to climate change.

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19 November, 2015

Bill’s passage keeps Auckland Plan on track

The passage of the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill though Parliament today will ensure that the new Auckland Unitary Plan is able to be concluded during this term of council, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

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15 November, 2015

Great Walk and National Park addition to memorialise 29 Pike miners

A 45-kilometre Great Walk is to be constructed through the Paparoa National Park and the Park extended by 3971 hectares to include the Pike River area as a memorial to the 29 men killed in the 2010 mining disaster, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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12 November, 2015

Funding for Lake Horowhenua clean-up

The Government is to provide $980,000 in funding from the Te Mana o Te Wai Fund to restore the health of Lake Horowhenua, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox announced today.

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11 November, 2015

Way paved for easier consenting of cycleways

The New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) application for requiring authority status under the Resource Management Act (RMA) has been approved by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today.

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11 November, 2015

Public views sought on future environmental reporting topics

New Zealanders are being invited to have their say about proposed topics under the new national environmental reporting system, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Statistics Minister Craig Foss announced today.

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2 November, 2015

Minister saddened at passing of Dr Bill Ballantine

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today expressed his sadness at the passing of Dr Bill Ballantine.

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2 November, 2015

Caution urged this fireworks season

Kiwis are being encouraged to act responsibly and take care when using fireworks this year, with sales permitted from today until Guy Fawkes Day on Thursday 5 November.

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31 October, 2015

New regulations to protect oceans

New Government regulations to manage the waste and pollution within New Zealand’s vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) come into effect today, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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30 October, 2015

EPA to consult on GMO regulations

Changes to regulations on the definition of what is and is not a genetically modified organism (GMO) are needed to maintain the workability of the law on GMOs administered by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

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29 October, 2015

EPA decision on GMO welcomed

The Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision to approve the release of a genetically modified organism (GMO), Pexa-Vec, for a clinical trial for the treatment of a type of liver cancer has been welcomed today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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26 October, 2015

Options sought for end-of-life tyres

The Government is seeking innovative ideas on how New Zealand can better use the millions of end-of-life tyres through the Waste Minimisation Fund, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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21 October, 2015

Citizen Science backed with environment grant

The Government is providing a grant of $130,000 from the Community Environment Fund to support an initiative by the New Zealand Landcare Trust to support citizen participation in scientific research on environment monitoring and restoration, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today at the project’s inaugural meeting in Wellington.

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21 October, 2015

Environment Aotearoa 2015 report welcomed

Publication of the first comprehensive, independent and nationwide set of statistics on the environment today is an important step in strengthening the integrity of New Zealand’s clean green brand, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say.

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13 October, 2015

ECan Bill ensures smooth transition for Canterbury

The first reading of a Bill to establish a mixed governance council for Environment Canterbury (ECan) at next year’s local body elections ahead of a return to a fully elected council in 2019 has been welcomed today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston.

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7 October, 2015

Speech at the Our Oceans Conference

Remarks by New Zealand Minister for the Environment at Our Ocean Conference, Valparaiso, Chile

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2 October, 2015

NZ aims to improve oceans management

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith is to lead New Zealand’s delegation to the Our Oceans Conference in Valparaiso, Chile next week with the aim of improving the management of the world’s oceans.

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2 October, 2015

Report highlights benefits of collaboration in improving water management

Canterbury’s experience of collaboration on water is being published to help other regions and communities in running their own collaborative planning processes, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said at the report’s launch today in Christchurch.

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30 September, 2015

Labour claims over iwi consultation on Kermadec sanctuary weak

Claims by the Labour Party of insufficient Government consultation with iwi on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary announced yesterday ignore the strong support of iwi for the new protection, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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29 September, 2015

Coastal hazard issue to be uncoupled from fast-track earthquake recovery plan process

Plan changes affecting property owners as a consequence of future coastal hazard issues are to be dealt with as part of Christchurch City Council’s normal planning processes, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, Associate Minister Nicky Wagner and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today with Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

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29 September, 2015

Kermadec sanctuary a global contribution to ocean protection

The Prime Minister’s announcement today at the United Nations in New York of a new Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is a global contribution by New Zealand towards better protection of the world’s oceans, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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