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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.